(Baroda, Michigan) We look forward to watching the Baroda Fireworks on (or near) the 4th of July as much as we look eagerly to attending the Berrien County Youth Fair on (or near) our wedding anniversary on August 13. Those are seminal events of summer, along with the recently concluded Elkhart Jazz Festival, which always occurs on the last weekend of June. For this year’s Baroda Fireworks, which were launched on the eve of the 4th of July, we attended a party at the beautiful home and grounds of some good friends. Oh, they just happened to have an amazing vantage point from which to watch the annual show that celebrates our nation’s independence. Before darkness finally settled on the land, we all dined on classic American picnic fare, played catch with baseballs and footballs, got the bonfire going and caught up with one another. By twilight the amateur pyrotechnics were underway, and then, sometime after 10 p.m. EDT, the real show began, and I was ready this year, with my big honking Canon mounted on a tripod. Behold and rejoice and be glad, for it was on this day and the days that follow in 1776 that word was getting out as to what those brave men had done in Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
And now for the grand finale: