CBS pulls plug on Boston Pops 4th Fireworks

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  1. phrelin

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    I wondered about that. You'd see the fireworks from one direction and they were almost complete obscured by low cloud cover and then all of a sudden from another direction they were bright and clear. I don't really care about the fireworks as part of the show - it's just ambiance, an illusion.

    I do like a good fireworks show in person, but...

    ...it just seems like locally things just aren't what they used to be.[​IMG]


    "A Capitol Fourth" did a whole Sousa thing which is always inspiring and this year's show I thought was very, very good. You can stream it on PBS.
     
  2. James Long

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    Fireworks were fun when I was young and "everybody" would show up to the high school football field for the show. The next town down the road wasn't so close that there was competition.

    I have moved ... now I am closer to more fireworks shows and it seems like there are several every night for a week. The market has been saturated.

    The other influence has been the legalization (in Indiana) of larger fireworks for home use. A few years ago one could legally use ground fireworks and a few people set off "out of state" fireworks illegally or with a special permit. Now it seems "everyone" is creating their own aerial displays. A couple weeks of that and I am ready for the fireworks to end.

    They just are not as special as they once were.
     
  3. makaiguy

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    Well, then I guess it wasn't that much of a disaster when DTV just had up the "Don't call us" technical difficulties placard for my local Augusta, GA CBS outlet that night ...
     
  4. phrelin

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    As you might expect, these days here in California fireworks displays are limited while wildfires are seemingly widespread. It was the other way around from when I was a kid.
     
  5. 4HiMarks

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    I never saw anything but the PBS show until this year, when I watched a little bit of the Macy's one. Never knew anyone else had one until now. Of course it helps that my town always does their fireworks show on Saturday, regardless of when the 4th actually falls, so most years we can see a live show one night, and watch the concert another.
     
  6. Delroy E Walleye

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    We used to watch the Pops back in the Johnny Williams days on A&E. If I recall it was hosted by Perkins & Graves (the Biography dudes).

    It seemed to me that annual broadcast had deteriorated over the years from what it once was. I don't regret having missed this one, especially since another member of the household had seen it and couldn't recommend it.

    I did watch both the PBS Capitol and Macy's Spectacular. They were ok, I guess. Had to FF through certain parts, though.

    I've also wondered if any of the fireworks displays were supposed to be actually "synced" to any music. I've never in my life seen any fireworks - live or recorded music, in person or on TV - that pulled this off with any effect. It's been tried for decades. However, the Macy's had three positions over the river that were definitely synced to one another visually with identical displays and that was kind of cool...
     
  7. trh

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    Watch one of Disney World fireworks displays.
     
  8. Delroy E Walleye

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    Well, I'd bet if anyone could actually successfully pull it off, it'd be Disney, for sure. Plus, there's likely not quite as much "acreage" to cover from a long distance which should make the effect more instantaneous and a little easier to time correctly.
     
  9. James Long

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    If I understand correctly, it is a small World, after all.
     
  10. Nick

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    I've heard it's a Mickey Mouse operation.
     

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