July 4 Fireworks-Back Deck or In Person?

I can see metro Portland’s two most-publicized fireworks shows from my back deck on the cliffside above NW 23rd.

That’d be the show at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.-said to be the largest fireworks display west of the Mississippi, or the quite impressive fireworks event held in conjunction with the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival near RiverPlace on the Willamette.

Both of those fireworks events start at 10 p.m. And there are many other fireworks in the area, including at Oaks Park (9:55 p.m.) and Blue Lake Park (at dusk).

OK, I have a question.

Let’s just say you lived in a place where you could get a fireworks view out your back deck.

Would you sit on your back deck, pop a top, and watch the fireworks, or fight the maddening crowds to see the pyrosparkle in person?

I think you already know my answer.

But that’s not the central point of this post. I want to know your answer.

3 Comments so far

  1. Jay (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 8:16 am

    Soul-crushing crowds are one of the pillars of this country. Are you saying you don’t love America?

  2. Rusty (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2007 @ 8:40 am

    I’d be as anti-social as I could. When I lived in Ladd’s Addition (it was a rental) I wasn’t above climbing on the roof to watch the downtown fireworks. They weren’t very good from there, but it was better than slogging through the masses and getting my pocket picked.

  3. Gerald (unregistered) on July 4th, 2007 @ 11:47 am

    What time does the fireworks show start?

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