Last year, I spent 4th of July with my high school friend who lived in the city. We went to the Hudson River and waited for around three to four hours in the sweltering heat. As we sat there with no relief from the sun, we both looked at each other and agreed. Never again. However, once it got dark and the firework show started…it was simply amazing. Hands down the best fireworks show I have seen thus far. Absolutely I would do it again!
I had such a great time last year I asked my friend if she wanted to do the same thing this year. Unfortunately, she’s back home in LA so we couldn’t make this a tradition.
So I decided instead to keep it local and go to the Airshow/Fireworks show at the Greater Binghamton Airport. Apparently, this is the first time in five years that Binghamton had an airshow.
I knew it was an airshow but I was still pretty surprised at all the planes that were out there. It was pretty cool!
Of course there was also the usual food vendors.
I don’t normally eat food from concession stands like hotdogs, cotton candy, and kettle corn…but I couldn’t resist! The kettle corn was calling my name! Little did I know that the smallest bag would come in the length of my torso…
The program started with the airshow. Pilots skillfully maneuvered their planes in twists and turns that looked really cool from the ground but I’m sure would make the weak of heart (me!) lose their meal. The announcer was really knowledgeable and led us through the type of plane the pilot was flying, the pilot’s background and experience, and the different maneuvers the pilots were performing.
As if one skilled pilot wasn’t enough, part of the program was to have two planes out at the same time!
And if we’re going to go for more than one, might as well go for like, nine, right?
The last plane went right as it was getting dark. At first we were all complaining because we couldn’t really see anything, but then the pyrotechnics attached to the plane went off and then we understood why it had to go last.
After the last plane cleared the sky, these
crazy courageous jumpers with pyrotechnics attached to them jumped out of the plane, went into a couple formations, then landed. Unfortunately, it happened really fast and I was way too in awe to record that one. It was hands down my favorite though, if only because I knew those tiny sparking specks in the sky were actually people!
After that, fireworks!
As soon as the last firework went off, I rushed to gather my things and head to my truck. I know how these things go. It’s going to take forever to get out of the parking lot. Once I got to my truck, I saw the line of cars and I braced myself. It was going to be a looong night. I opened the seemingly untouched bag of kettle corn to occupy myself, but found that as soon as I did that, we actually started moving. And then…we kept moving…it was the strangest thing! In literally less than five minutes after I got in my truck, I was out of the parking lot and on my way home. I have never experienced this before! Omg is this what life without traffic is like?!?! It seemed like heaven for this LA girl. 😉
Hope everyone had a fantastic and safe 4th of July!