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2008 July 1 Tuesday thru July 4 Friday.

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Happy Birthday USA!    How long has it been now,.....    

Let's see the year 2008 minus the year 1776 equals; 232 years as a sovereign nation.   

Congratulations.   

Try a little harder, and you might rival the glory of the Roman Empire.   

Wait a minute, what am I talking about.   Consider China.   

How long has that culture been on this planet?   

Four thousand some years is what I have heard.    Now, that's a long time.   

Anyway, July 4 is a National Holiday in the USA, and falling on a Friday this year, you can be sure that a lot of people will be taking a very long and enjoyable 3 day weekend.   

Because the month of July is rather hot, in most of the continental USA, there will be lots of outdoor activities including BBQ parties, softball games, volleyball games etc.   

The climax of the day is the BIG FIREWORKS DISPLAY 花火大会 in each and every city, town and village, that you might happen to be in, on that day.   

In my hometown of Spokane Washington, it is hot and dry every year in July, and the perfect season to get out the pyrotechnics, and enjoy the lights and smoke.   

I remember well, how I used to ride my Schwinn Cherry Picker banana seat bicycle all over the place, visiting the fireworks stands, that sprang up all over the small city of Spokane.   

Each and every year, they had something new to offer, plus all of the old favorites that we bought every year.   

Another thing that I learned to do, while reading my Encyclopedia Britannica, was how to make gunpowder out of the 3 essential ingredients.   

Salt Peter, Sulpher and Charcoal.   

I didn't make any explosive devices, only sparklers and fountains that shot out an enormous amount of heat and light, and were not dangerous to the public at large.   

Boy, those were the days.   

Nowadays, I live in Japan where these type of small fireworks are available for sale to the public at most stores, of any kind, all around Hokkaido.   

Oddly enough, even though I had enjoyed this type of activity when I was just a kid in the USA, I have never bought nor used any small scale fireworks in Japan.   

I like the big sky burst displays of fireworks much better.   

Maybe this is because I have no children of my own, and therefore no real opportunity to buy and use these hand sized fireworks, which are so popular in all parts of Japan.   

According to my calendar, there will be a big fireworks display on Sunday July 13 starting at 20:15 near the 北旭川大橋, and then, many more after that date.   

Click here for a full schedule of the big fireworks displays in Hokkaido for 2008.   See ya there.

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