The USA is 235 years old. (Or 235 years young, compared to Europe and the East). Here are a few local Fourth of July fireworks pictures (brought to you from my television!). A barge on Lake Union, just north of downtown is used as the staging area. The TV cameras and on-lookers are in Gas Works Park, just about 2 miles from my house as the crow flies, so I could hear the booms as those big ones that fill up the sky were exploding.
Back in 2010, this fireworks display was in jeopardy after the slumping economy and the collapse of Washington Mutual Bank brought an end to the sponsorship of the city’s only remaining July 4 fireworks show. But Microsoft and Starbucks each kicked in a reported $125,000 to get to the $500,000 needed to put on the display.