Thursday, July 05, 2012

Others may be bigger, flashier and louder, but you can't beat the Shorewood fireworks for a good, traditional show

In the Rockets' Red Glare
Last night, despite the heat, we ventured out to get our accustomed Fourth of July fireworks fix. There were no traffic hassles, and we found easy parking along Lake Mendota drive just west of the Black Hawk Country Club golf course, where Shorewood Hills put on their show. It gets crowded up on the hill by the clubhouse, but there's plenty of uncrowded seating out on the western end of the course. It's a great vantage point. 

Shorewood's display is a traditional one that hasn't changed much in more than 50 years. It lacks many of the features the larger and better known Rhythm & Booms is known for -- F-16 fly-over, huge crowds, traffic and parking hassles, along with a heavily promoted, dramatically orchestrated and overproduced extravaganza set to music.  But we weren't looking for that, and we didn't miss it. On a warm summer night in July, we were just looking for some simple magic to delight the inner child in all of us, no matter what age.

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