My Northern July 4th was everything I expected and more. Family, friends, food, fun and fireworks. Lots of fireworks. Fireworks are what it’s all about along the South River in Edgewater, Maryland. Every year one family, who shall remain nameless to maintain their privacy, opens their waterfront backyard to anyone and everyone. It’s a BYOB and BYOF affair, and the outdoor kitchen is a free–for-all; a sort of potluck BBQ. BBQ is something you do in the North. In the South, it’s something you eat. There wasn’t an ounce of Southern BBQ at this BBQ, but we had plenty of steak, hot dogs, burgers, and side dishes. And desserts. Lots of desserts.
And while everyone was enjoying the fellowship and food, they watched the building of the barge. Only this year it was barges plural. Four to be exact.This picture reflects about 75% of the pyrotechnics being laid out and wired – a job that took about 5 hours. Every year, Bill puts on a fireworks show to end all fireworks shows. And every year the show gets better and the crowd gets bigger. Both sides of the river are lined with people in lawn chairs, and boats filled with people crowd the area as the barge after sunset. I’ve even seen the police cruising by enjoying the festivities.
I’ll let Bill tell you about it himself.