As Madison, WI, gets ready to pay tribute to British royalty via its "Rhythm & Booms" celebration (which one year had Candle In The Wind: The Princess Di Version as part of its soundtrack) and as other cities get ready to blow stuff up in remembrance of the day some guys signed a piece of paper declaring we were totally independent, it's time to once again remember that fireworks in the winter are dumb. Fireworks in the summer are great, provided that you don't actually go to the fireworks show and sit in a giant group of people getting bit by mosquitos and having to smell the Budweiser the guy next to you spilled on your kids' Frisbee. If you can enjoy them from a slight distance, that's the best.
Also very nice: the little fireworks that you can buy, if they're the good kind that might blow your fool head off and not the lame kind that Mom always made us get. Although Mom was better than Sweetie, who won't allow any fireworks at all. Nearly burn down the porch just once and you never hear the end of it.
Other Best Things About Summer:
1. Ice cream.
2. Wearing a slightly damp bathing suit...
3. The smell of grilling in the air.
4. The streets always seem to be lined with American flags.
6. Sudden Thunderstorms.
7. Roller coasters.
8. Helium balloons.
12. Longer days.
16. Beach volleyball.
17. Entering an air-conditioned building after being out in the humidity for a while.