A Blog by Cabel Sasser

Hooray! 4th of July Fireworks: 2015


I photo the firework

That was the placeholder text in this draft post when I opened it up — I have no memory of typing it — and it’s better than any long-winded description I can craft.

Folks, I really look forward to this every year. I’m glad this is still happening.

Here are some photos of fireworks in 2015.

If you’d like to enjoy the previous years in this rich and increasingly impossible tradition, here you go:

Happy 4th (2007)Yay! Fireworks! (2008)Yay! Fireworks! 2009!Yay! Fireworks 2010! (on Flickr!?), Yay! 4th of July Fireworks 2011!Yay! 4th of July Fireworks 2012!Yay! 2013 4th of July Fireworks!, and finally, Yay! 4th of July Fireworks: 2014.

And of course, to properly set the scene of what it’s like to visit these competitive firework stands, please watch this classic and old video, The Gauntlet (YouTube).

Let’s do this.

Photo Jul 3, 7 26 50 PM

Before We Begin…

My favorite sign from last year had been slightly modified:


This year there was a rich bounty of…



Things I Had To Google

(Bonus points for Back To The Future font)

Awkward Animals

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Photo Jul 3, 7 28 34 PM

Brand New Movie Sequels!!

Photo Jul 3, 7 17 24 PM

This Guy


Where Twitter Trolls Come From


Proud Support For, You Know, Awareness

Photo Jul 3, 7 27 22 PM



My College Nickname


Bruce Springsteen (R.I.P.)


A Small Hadron Collider


And a Whole Lot More.

Photo Jul 3, 7 20 13 PM
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Also, Who Wants Two Tickets To The Rod Show



I’d say this year’s batch turned out 2 be……


Thank you for joining me for another year. See you in 2016?!

This year’s miscellaneous notes: I brought my one year old (Violet) and six year old (Joby) with me (something I couldn’t have imagined when I started this project), Joby jumped in a dusty bouncy castle the whole time, I got yelled at for taking photos (“the phones have static electricity that could ignite the fireworks!!!” but another employee admitted they’re afraid of competition spying on them), my co-worker Logan Collins contributed a couple great photos from Kansas, Blackjack Fireworks continues to sell their awesome and almost certainly not-legal “adult pop-its” (basically throwable firecrackers, tucked next to the front counter for easy the-jig-is-up hiding?) but TNT finally caught wind and sells them too (in a very small section on the side), my secret third source for photos is a reliable fireworks stand on 82nd by Krispy Kreme, and most importantly, firework companies continue to do their crazy thing. Thanks to the hard-working anonymous artists.

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  1. Louis Koziarz

    The “Bone Yard” art was ripped from the backglass art of a 1996 pinball machine called “Junkyard”:

    I forwarded this to the artist, Patrick McMahon. He’ll get a kick out of this.

    (Always a fun yearly read. Thanks for posting this again)

  2. Uli Kusterer

    Is that ScarJo on the Up-in-Coming fireworks package? Hasn’t she already arrived? I doubt she approved that use of her picture… 🙂

  3. Bromo Brown

    Hoping that next year they will unveil a crackling fountain with added screeching called a “Kermodian Rant”

  4. QuiztoKnow (@QuiztoKnow)

    Every element of the American Flag represents something important about the USA. Do you know what they all mean?

  5. jough

    Reading your fireworks post has become an annual tradition in our house. Thanks for finding the crazy packaging.

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  7. Peter of the Norse

    Spelling it Up-In-Comming instead of Up-n-Comming (Or even Up ’n’ Comming) makes it sound like a double entendre that I don’t quite get.

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