SUSAN YOUNG, Research Director
Fireworks are pretty high on my list of things I can nerd out on. During a recent trip back to DC, where I lived for three years, I was reminiscing about the mind-blowing fireworks shows I enjoyed every July 4th on the Capital Mall, following a full day of parades, naturalization ceremonies, and concerts by the National Symphony. Washingtonians take their national birthday parties very seriously.
But I was back in Colorado for the 4th this year. Our family tradition is to hang out at Thompson Park for a mid-day picnic and concert by the local symphony, which culminates in Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture (complete with cannon fire). We were invited to picnic with friends on their shady porch, right across from the park’s festivities. Lunch featured homemade fried chicken and cherry pie – Americana at its finest…