Austin, Fourth of July and Fireworks!

It was so hot…

“how hot was it?”

It was so hot, the city of Austin kept it’s fireworks stashed in a freezer to keep them from spontaneously igniting!

Centered over Lady Bird Lake, Austin's firework show was seen for miles.
Centered over Lady Bird Lake , Austin's firework show was seen for miles.

Okay, that might be a little far-fetched, but it was definitely hotter than I would have preferred.  With such little rainfall  for our area this season, many swimming holes are dry and have forced people to overcrowd the few that remain.  Word has it that the line for Barton Springs was ridiculous.  I wouldn’t know, didn’t go..already knew it would be like that.  For me, the swimming pool at the apartment complex would have to do.

Maybe if Lake Travis wasn’t 35 feet below normal it would be more appealing for a visit.  But why bother… It’s better to just drink some black & tans here at home and stumble down the street to Town Lake and watch the city’s fireworks show.  It’s free, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra supplied some timeless music in front of The Long Center.

I read somewhere that the city was expecting 100.000 people to hang out along auditorium shores.  I didn’t count, but it was packed!  People trickled in, but at the end of the event they all left at once, causing car traffic to gridlock for almost two hours.

Watching fireworks from Auditorium Shores.
Watching fireworks from Auditorium Shores.

Without a doubt, I could have picked a better location to watch the show.  I recall one year, I walked along a creek and popped up beyond the barricades.  The fireworks were exploding straight above my head and cardboard spheres fell on the street, around myself and a few firemen.  The guys were looking straight up and didn’t notice me, for several minutes at least.  That was the best view ever!

A bit more creative, and costly I'm sure!
A bit more creative, and costly I'm sure!

But the theme for me this year was mellow.  Just stumble from the apartment in SoCo to the river area right around sunset.  Mission accomplished.  It’s just too hot to stand in line at Barton Springs, or cram under shade trees in the park.  It’s better to relax and go at dark. 😉

Some red white and blue...
Some red white and blue...