I tell ya, there are a lot of things I really like about spending so much time in Springfield Illinois but now to top off that list I have to tell you these guys know how to do the 4th of July!
They have a thing every year called "Rock the Dock" here. This is the first time I have been able to go.
Holy tamoly- they had the best fireworks show I have ever seen! Here is part of the press release;
"The biggest… (baddest, most unbelievable) Fireworks & Light Show display you'll find anywhere in Central Illinois! ….Over thirty minutes of choreographed fireworks set to a soundtrack at concert sound over Lake Springfield"
So I am reading that before hand with a little bit "Yeah, whatever, marketing hoopla" attitude but man did the show ever live up to the marketing! The choreography was excellent with lots of classic and more contemporary rock and it just kept going and going and getting bigger and better as it went!
I mean 15 minutes in you are thinking you have seen some really cool stuff so far. Then they slow it down and do some low level stuff and let your pupuils dialate again and then a crescendo will hit in the music and BOOOOM they will set off a honker so big you can feel the vibrations deep down in your insides. Then at the very end they had a crescendo with dozens of those huge honkers going off rapidly. It was unreal!
Plus the sound track was simulcast on a local radio station so me and about a thousand other people had the their boats parked out all over the cove drinking it all in.
Quite a night!
Afterwards though I encountered my first traffic jam involving boats! Its ironic, one of the things I like best about Springfield is there is no traffic to speak of. So it was interesting to get snarled up in a huge BOAT traffic jam. :)
Still worth it though!