Detroit and Windsor used to have a joint Freedom Festival with fireworks shot off barges in the Detroit River. One year it was declared to be the world record fireworks display.....four hours of continuous fireworks. It was beyond impressive.
We watched two hours of the fireworks from the top of a parking garage on the river. My ears rang for two weeks.
Wow! Every July 1st, I think of an ESL high school student I tutored many years ago. Her family was from Pakistan, and they arrived in Toronto on this day which bore so much significance for them. She wrote an essay about that day. It reminds me how fortunate I am to be a Canadian.