by Leon Yuan
August 1st, 2008
I can never get enough of fireworks. On July 4th, I spent the night watching the fireworks from downtownâ€™s piers on the FDR Drive. Iâ€™ve always enjoyed these sorts of events. But, I would leave out the crowds if I could. Maybe it was the bad weather that brought less people than I expected. I remember the time when I was in Tokyo there were 700,000 people surrounding Tokyo bay area, watching the annual fireworks festival. Like a true publicist, I thought about how more publicity was needed to expose this event to attract more people.
After a 10-minute delay and 30 minutes of standing in the rain, the show finally started. The fireworks did not live up to my anticipation and I left before the show finished. Nevertheless, it would turn out to be a splendid half an hour show, but in comparison to all the other fireworks Iâ€™ve seen, it wasnâ€™t all that spectacular. At the other shows, there were star-lit skies, light breezes, wonderful orchestra music, and easy access public transportation home immediately after the shows. New Yorkâ€™s Independence Day fireworks show was clearly not the best of what Iâ€™ve seen, but definitely not the worst either. Perhaps, this is the reason why I didnâ€™t see a lot of people outside. Most of them might have already experienced it at some time in their life and decided to stay home. Watch from their 50 inches flat screen TV instead without having to move from their couches. After all, life in America is all about having all the luxuries without the necessary worries.