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no fireworks makes the baby jesus cry

Chicago cancels July 3 fireworks show

This makes me very sad. Not because I am one of the 1 million in the audience. I enjoy it from the comfort of my couch on tv. It makes me sad because it's another tradition that's now dead.

What's next? No dying the river green for St. Patrick's Day?

Stupid economy.



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Jan. 27th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)

Aw, nuts.

I mean, I get it for crowd control and all that. But there's just something incredibly energizing about that enormous crowd, all there for the exact same thing.
Jan. 28th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Exactly! And honestly it drives traffic to Taste of Chicago. I BET attendance goes down as a result. Because the incentive has been removed.
Jan. 27th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
...I mean, as someone who couldn't get to the fireworks at all last year, and who the year before had to watch (could barely see and hear not at all) pressed up against a chain-link fence at Belmont Harbor the year before, I'm actually quite pleased at the prospect of a fireworks show that's actually close to where I live. But I understand: fireworks are one of my favorite things ever.
Jan. 28th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
I LOVE Fireworks but smaller shows are just not the same thing. Last year my friend's suburb did a very impressive show. But even that was smaller and didn't feature as many cool fireworks. I love being able to watch on TV.

I think it's short-sighted and I think the Taste is going to suffer. Attendance is going to go down. For a lot of people the only reason to attend ToC was the Fireworks.
Jan. 27th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
The one year I tried to go --- as opposed to watching from the comfort of my couch --- I agreed to meet some friends at the Planetarium peninsula. In the years before cell phones. :P.

So when we couldn't find each other, I found a spot to watch on my own.... until a thunderstorm began. Serious lightning sent everyone running. I ended up under a 6x6 canopy with what felt like 100 other people, wedged so tightly together that the blue dye in the shirt the guy next to me was wearing bled onto the oatmeal of the top I had on.

There was no show. We all looked like a drowned rats.

But for blocks, everyone was laughing, rushed with energy, moving on to somewhere dry to rehash it...

Which is to say: Even the shows that didn't work were somehow fun.... :)

Jan. 28th, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)
I think that was the year I was on the phone with the best friend watching tents FLY up near the Art Institute. We opted not to go anywhere. (The tornado siren going off might have also been a bit of a hindrance...)

I don't like this.
Jan. 27th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
"So the idea is, we're encouraging people to go back to their communities" WHAT???? Um, idiots, the communities have their celebrations on July 4th. Which is why it's always been so AWESOME that the CITY does theirs on JULY 3rd! SEE HOW THERE IS ZERO OVERLAP?

That is very depressing. Seriously, how about a less visible, less soul-sucking way to cut costs?
Jan. 28th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
Yes and no. My community is actually goofy and does their fireworks on the 3rd too. (I found out the hard way a couple of years ago when I stumbled into traffic near the school. Couldn't move anywhere. People park in the Jewel parking lot near Luthern General and don't budge.)

I definitely think attendance at the ToC is going to suffer. Tons of people would go down just for the fireworks. Removing that incentive... who wants to pay for overpriced tickets and fight with crowds? I rather go to the individual restaurants and not deal with some asshole that drank too much and is getting belligerent.

And the other thing... the beauty of it was that they had unique fireworks set to music. Smaller community displays can't afford the really cool ones.
Jan. 28th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
Oh, that just blows.

Attendance for the Taste will plummet on the third, and that's an enormous pile of money just vanishing into the wind.

Me, I did it once but never again. Crowds that big give me hives. But I did like seeing it on TV and just knowing it was happening. Sometimes I could even hear the booms from the lake, ten miles away.
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