Dear Mr. and Ms. Big Wigs of the city of Colorado Springs,
I understand that the economy is in the crapper. I know our country is trillions of dollars in debt. I agree that it is wise to cut back on spending and exercise some restraint in our budgeting decisions.
But I think you are making a huge mistake. Let me be clear …
Eliminating the fireworks show on the Fourth of July is a terrible idea.
It’s pretty much the worst idea in history of the world.
Of all 365 days each year, the Fourth of July is my favorite one. Why? Because of the fireworks. I look forward to that holiday more than any other one. (Even the Christian-y ones like Easter and Christmas.) I get all giddy and excited and do silly things like wear red, white and blue and put flag ribbons in my hair.
When I am watching fireworks my heart races. I have a smile on my face a mile wide. I revert back to my five-year-old self and for a while my “adult” cares disappear. For 40 minutes each year I’m allowed to be a kid and no one cares because everyone else is too busy being a kid themselves.
Of all the years to stop doing fireworks – something that makes people so happy and carefree – you pick this year when stress and anxiety are at an all time high.
So to whomever made this decision, for the sake of all who need our annual break from adult world, I’m begging you to please reconsider.
I’m sure there are plenty of other ways to save money without ruining the best day of the year.