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Sights and Sounds of Freedom



Hearing its sound

Seeing it in the sky

Red white and blue rules the night



Tonight my neighborhood is abounding with fireworks, it seems everyone around me has some kind of noisemakers going off and lighting up the sky.

I think it’s more abundant this year because all our big fireworks shows were cancelled because of Covid, so more people bought their own to shoot off at home.

I enjoy it all to a point, as I am all for celebrating the freedoms we have and am very grateful for them, but when it goes on and on until all hours of the night then I have to say enough is enough and it’s getting quite close to the midnight hour right now, so I am about to say “Enough!” 😊



A born and raised Midwesterner who traveled to Oregon in 2006 via the Oregon Trail route, fell in love with Oregon and now call it home. I am retired and pursuing my life long dream of becoming a Freelance Inspirational Writer.

2 thoughts on “Sights and Sounds of Freedom

  1. I agree with you. We have a city bylaw that you can only do fireworks between dusk and 11:00 pm on the Monday of the Victoria Day holiday weekend (May 24 weekend) and July 1, Canada Day. But the people in the townhouse complex across the road set them off every night for about a week before, on and after the holiday. But with a bylaw, someone has to complain, and it seems no one does. This year I have heard them getting close to 12:30 and it’s a little much. And I can’t even see them because of all the trees! So all it is to me is a lot of noise. And I get enough of that with all the sirens and noisy motorcycles and cars.
    After hearing fireworks until after midnight, I finally fell asleep only to wake up at 2:30 Friday night and then heard a string of fire truck sirens. They were much quieter than usual and it took a while to realize they were all right here, in our driveway and on the road in front of our building. One truck at least was there for well over 2 hours with lights flashing. There were no fire alarms so it must have been in the other building. Then I couldn’t get back to sleep so I got up at 4:10 and read until 5:30. Went back to sleep for a while then woke at 7:00. Did get back to sleep then the phone woke me at 8:40 with an automated telemarketing recording. I wasn’t a happy camper.

    1. Wow. Yes, that’s quite a bit too much fireworks for sure I would agree Diane. Our city has a noise limitation also which I believe is 10pm—7am but it is not enforced on 4th of July, so those of us who don’t enjoy all the noise and merrymaking just have to endure it which would be bearable if it was just one night but as you say it goes on and on before and after which makes it hard to ignore. So I commiserate with you.

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