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Well, there's definitely one US city that won't make the next list for Foursquare's most firework-crazy cities, mainly because people didn't even have the chance to check in to the event in San Diego before a major fireworks fail.
Last night, San Diego's "Big Bay Boom" pyrotechnics show suffered a technical glitch that caused all fireworks to go off at once, 5 minutes before showtime. Grab a can of soda from the fridge and you'd have missed it; the display only lasted ten seconds before all fizzled out.
LA Weekly was one of the first news outlets to publish a story on the FAIL last night, even including that the Port of San Diego was quick to issue an apology via their Twitter account. Of course this negative event now has a positive spin: videos of the fireworks blast are going viral online.
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It's almost time to make the drive to your favorite fireworks display, set up the folding chairs and light the sparklers for the Fourth of July. And it's not just you that's excited. Location-based social networking app Foursquare is psyched for the BBQ, beachside and beer store check-ins coming their way this week and they've just shared with us the most popular cities (and other places) from past Independence Days.
Let's see the stats:
Most Firework-crazy cities*
· Cadillac, MI
· Glens Falls, NY
· Auburn, NY
· Laconia, NH
· Milledgeville, GA
· Coffeyville, KS
· Whitewater, WI
· Astoria, OR
· Hudson, NY
· Keene, NH
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New York City: Along the Hudson Riverfront
This year just happens to be the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson's sailing up the river which would eventually bear his name, and to celebrate this, Macy's is moving their notoriously festive fireworks celebration from the East River to the Hudson. This means that the nation's largest fourth of July display will practically pair up with the Jersey City celebrations, which blast over Liberty State Park, to create one awesome night along the river.
Best viewing of the Macy's display at 9pm will be from the Hoboken waterfront, and Liberty State Park's is obviously best seen from the park. We're going to compromise and hit up the pier jutting out from the Starbucks near the Pavonia/Newport PATH subway station in Jersey City.
The National Council on Fireworks Safety wants everyone to have a safe Fourth of July. But most of the Midwestern and Southern states want you to have some fun -- with fire. While those uptight Northeasterners apparently frown on fun, and refuse to let amateurs handle high-powered explosives.
The block of states from North Dakota through Texas gives the purchase of consumer fireworks the green light. New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and even our capital, Washington, D.C., refuses to allow its citizens to express their patriotism the American way -- by buying lots of stuff (fireworks) and being really loud (setting them off). Heavy consumption of alcohol during this process is required.
A quick guide to where you can avoid the grandeur, crowds, and relative safety that comes with a professional fireworks show and instead do-it-yourself can be found here.
Full Disclosure: We're obviously kidding and want all Jaunted readers to follow the law and keep their fingers in tact, but you know how we love barely legal photos of holiday travel revelery.
[Photo Credit: Matt Cooper]