4th of July in September


Ah, downtown living. I snuggled up on the couch with a book and dozed off — early, for a change, at 8:30PM and slept soundly till 10PM, until my girlfriend dragged me up to bed at 10PM. By around 10:30, I was well on my way to the land of gumdrops and pink unicorns (what, you guys don’t dream about those?). That’s when the booms started. Fireworks? In September? Surely not — must be the opening salvos of World War III. And here I am without a compound, like a sucker.

So, I drag myself out of bed, put on a comical assortment of nearby clothes and head outside to “check it out”. Yeah, it’s fireworks. Big ones. Right on riverfront. Apparently the American Pyrotechnics Association (i think) had a conference in town and they held this show. The show lasted until about 11PM.

It was a little weird — there was no one downtown watching it save for the normal homeless, bar-goers and a few cars that pulled off in the circle on 1st and Broad to watch them. And me, in flip-flops, green shorts and a blue polo, scratching my head in confusion. It was a great show. I just wish they had picked a more appropriate time than 10:30PM on a Wednesday. Not to get all Negative Nelly, but this is not the first time I’ve been woken up by fireworks displays on riverfront for this and that.. It’s not a big deal for me — comes with the territory of living downtown. But if Nashville is serious about its commitment to building a residential community downtown, it does make me wonder if the city will need to start getting more strict about these late night, very noisy events.

8 Comments so far

  1. Jack Shell (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 11:58 pm

    Watched all of it from my balcony over here in West Meade.

    It was spectacular.

  2. Max Keller (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 1:00 am

    What? You want Nashville to be like Houston, or as I like to call it, “The Town that Gets to Bed on Time”

  3. Chris Wage (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 1:02 am

    Nah, not at all.. I realize it’s a downtown area.. Party it up.. but I think fireworks late on a wednesday night might be a little excessive..

  4. Tracey (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 8:07 pm

    Nice photo!

    It was the APA convention, and you got a real treat — those shows are the big manufacturers, importers, and display companies showing off for their peers, with fancy expensive items you’d rarely see in a public display.

    (It was probably supposed to go off earlier than 10:30pm, but stuff happens)

  5. chris (unregistered) on September 16th, 2006 @ 2:49 pm

    quit whinning it was awesome! i happen to be driving around. it was fantasic! looks like you should move if 10:30 is late for you. and it bothered you.

  6. jag (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 8:27 am

    Is THAT what that was? I’m relieved. I was in bed when I heard the initial booms and I ran through my mental list quickly – no, there wasn’t a football game at LP, the Sounds were already finished for the season, no Dancin in the District anymore….so I figured it was gunshots. Until it went on for half an hour.

  7. Mary Hulse (unregistered) on September 19th, 2006 @ 5:25 pm

    Old man!! haha

    You can’t hear that stuff all the way in Brentwood…but then again I think I was out that night and thought to myself…are those fire works? How odd…

  8. trisha (unregistered) on September 20th, 2006 @ 11:20 am

    I could hear it from where I live in Hillsboro Village. Wish I could have seen it instead of just hearing it!

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