Another 4th of July and the discussion already has started: where to go to see the BEST fireworks display? Growing up in Beltsville, I recall going to Greenbelt Lake and watching them a few times and that was fun. Mostly I recall the times my Uncle Roland was around and we would have our home show. That was always pretty intense. When my husband and I got married and had kids, we started going to the different carnivals around the area and found that the Damascus Fire Department had by far the best fireworks display. As time went on and the kids got older, we started having crabs on the 4th of July with my mother and step-father. We would enjoy sparklers and watch different neighbors light off their fireworks in the distance.
Then came the year we drove to Daytona to see the Firecracker 400 NASCAR race! After the race was over we drove back to the beach, and what a surprise we had; Private firework shows on the beach! Oh my, each condo along Daytona Beach would try to outdo the other. Bigger and better they got. From our deck, we could watch all the boats in the ocean going down to the boardwalk for the public show. Life was good. But then it got even better! After a few more years of very HOT NASCAR races held during the day, Daytona International Speedway decided to go under the lights. We were there for the first night time race of the then called “Pepsi 400 Race”. That race ended with the much anticipated firework show. Okay, hands down, the BEST FIREWORKS SHOW EVER! At least for me. The show seemed to go on forever! All happening in front of us. Then the slow push to get back to watch the firework madness on the beach. Times change, kids grow up, and we now watch the race on TV, and once again see the occasional firework set off in the distance. But I will always remember the thrill in my children’s eyes as they watched the fireworks each year.
Happy 4th of July from the Behnke family to yours. We hope each of you enjoy a safe 4th of July and have fun watching all those fireworks!
by Stephanie Fleming, Behnke’s Vice President