Fortunately my little community has an endowment fund that pays for public events like fireworks every year. Many communities around the area have either cancelled firework displays, or scaled them back big time due to the current economic climate. I was able to sit on the front porch with the family tonight and watch the display across the valley tonight - only traffice jam to speak of is when both of the dogs tried to walk in front door ahead of the youngest. I am so thankful for the blessings of this country! Have a safe and fun holiday weekend, everyone!