Friday, July 8, 2016

4th of July Fireworks!

4th of July Fireworks

Several of the surrounding communities were having fireworks displays on the holiday weekend – July 2nd, 3rd, 4th – not to mention the multitude of “neighbors” shooting off fireworks around us all weekend long . . . some of them sounded REALLY close!

Happy 4th of July!


We were off the evening of the 4th, and we were debating where to go to watch the Silver Lake fireworks – good viewing from either the dunes or the beach – when our friends, Dave and Kathy, invited us to join them on the dunes, so our decision was made!





We loaded up in their Jeep, and headed for the dunes around 8:30.  We weren’t sure how crowded it would be, but apparently everybody got there early, as there was no line at all when we arrived.  There were lots of people out there, and the top of every hill was loaded with vehicles!

Quite a crowd for the fireworks!

Quite a crowd!











Dave said “Here we go!” and powered right up Test Hill without hesitation . . . and then up and over the next couple of hills, too, until we located a good viewing spot on the 2nd to last hill before the exit lane.


The fireworks were going to be shot off from the dune overlooking Silver Lake, so there were lots of good viewing opportunities – from the dunes where we were, from the pedestrian area between us and the lake, and from the beach across the lake, where Bryce was working at the Wave Club.

It was a beautiful evening,

A beautiful evening

and we were surrounded by all types of characters!

I wonder who he supports!?!

It was a festive atmosphere, with kids playing on the dunes and everybody enjoying the beautiful evening.

Waiting for the fireworks!

Waiting for the fireworks show!











Trucks and Jeeps lined up on every hill


Despite the sign at the entrance to the dunes, stating “No Personal Fireworks Allowed”, there were plenty of fireworks being set off around us, as well as lots of chinese lanterns.

Fireworks all around us!

Fireworks behind us

Setting off fireworks

More fireworks


Pre-show fireworks


Getting dark


As the sun set, lots of people, including Dave, turned on their accessory lights.  There were light bars in every color!








Soon, it was time for the real show to start.

Main Event!

We moved down to our chairs, and settled in for the show!

The real show is starting!

They put on a pretty good show!

They put on a pretty good show!




We had a pretty good view from where we were sitting!

Our view was pretty good

The Finale


The fireworks wrapped up with a  spectacular finale . . .







. . . . and then it was time to make our way off the dunes!

The one thing that almost kept us from coming up here for the fireworks was everybody telling us that it was going to take 1-1/2 to 2 hours to get off the dunes at the end of the night.

The exodus begins

It was definitely crowded, and everybody started moving toward the exit at once.  We moved down the hill, and towards the funnel of vehicles.

Funneling into the exit lane

We waited in line with everybody else,

Waiting in line

More people lined up










and within 30 minutes we were pulling back into the driveway at the RV Park – not bad at all, and nowhere near the lengthy process that people told us it was going to be!

We had a great time, and were so glad that Dave and Kathy invited us to join them!

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