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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Fireworks — July 4, 2019.

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In the end it was good, ‘not bad’ though 15-minutes in I did say “this is so boring“! By that stage 90% of the fireworks had been single, hand-fired, pop-pop-pop starbursts and when this is your second fireworks show in 24-hours there is only so many starbursts you can stomach — especially if you are looking at them through the viewfinder of a camera.

Yes, Wolfeboro spends MORE on its fireworks than Alton and that is HOW it should be given that Wolfeboro, with property owners like Mitt Romney, the ‘Black and Decker’ family and the Marriotts, is insanely wealthy.

Another great night for fireworks, like the night before. WARM (in the high 70F) and cloudless. It does not get any better. Quite a big crowd, though we got our usual spot, on top of the grass bank, right across from where they set off the fireworks, without any problems — though we only got there 25-minutes before the start. It was a good night overall. Wolfeboro did GOOD. Bravo and thank YOU.

I took about 300 pictures. Then I mercilessly deleted about 100. There are only so many starbursts that you want to keep.

Enjoy.


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Alton, New Hampshire, Fireworks — July 3, 2019.

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It was the typical, pop-pop-pop, hand-fired July 3rd fireworks, on the eve of the 4th, on Alton Bay. Beautiful evening for fireworks. Warm and hardly a cloud in the sky. It was fairly busy. Decent crowd. We watched/photographed from our usual place — i.e., the bridge overlooking the Bay. One change from the normal — we went early and had dinner at JP China beforehand. We have done that once before also. Always fun and you get prime parking.

Alton does noticeably better when it come to the “Old Home Day” fireworks in August. That is just how things are in Alton — in terms of how they spend their fireworks budget.

It was good. In my book fireworks are always good — even if they are not spectacular.

I am pretty sure that we had more crowds than the year before.

First time shooting fireworks with my 2.5-month old Canon EOS RP. Still getting the hang of it. Had some issues, but managed to get some decent ones.


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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire Fireworks — July 4, 2018.

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The Wolfeboro (New Hampshire), 4th of July fireworks, as ever were good. As good as you can get with hand fired fireworks I would think — though I could be wrong. From what we can see all the fireworks are set off by three intrepid souls carrying flares and scuttling, like beatles, from one pod to another. As always the Wolfeboro fireworks were much better than those of Alton the previous night — but that is to expected, Wolfeboro being one of the wealthiest towns in the State.

Good crowd and LOTS of boats (especially in contrast to Alton, the night before).

We sat, as ever, on the grass bank, in Brewster, right across from the field where the fireworks are set off. It was the most crowded that we have experienced. This time, after last year’s fiasco, we parked at Huggins Hospital and walked. Getting back on Rte 28 was a piece of cake, so I suspect this will become the new norm.

Unlike Alton, which started late, Wolfeboro, started right on time at 9:30pm … with some folks even having a countdown to 9:30 which proved to be spot on. That was cool. The show lasted 26-minutes. So, it was all good.

I will never rate a public firework display as even been a total disaster — provided they get at least a few up in the sky. In my book all firework shows are ‘good’ by definition, though some, of course, are much better than others, and you are unlikely to get a truly spectacular one in New Hampshire outside of the BIG cities and Jaffery (the home of ‘Atlas Fireworks’).


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Alton, New Hampshire Fireworks — July 3, 2018.

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It was the usual mediocre July 3rd fireworks, to mark July 4th, which is what us long term locals have come to expect from Alton.  Alton does noticeably better when it come to the “Old Home Day” fireworks in August. That is just how things are in Alton — in terms of how they spend their fireworks budget.

The 2018 July 3rd Alton fireworks did NOT deviate from that norm. They were not spectacular — just a halfhearted firework show. BUT, in my book any firework show is a firework show. As usual there was nothing to write home about — but just enough for this blog post. Another beautiful evening. Goldilocks. The weather was just perfect.

For the second year in a row it was not that crowded. That worries me.


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Alton, New Hampshire “July 4” 2018 Fireworks — 9:20pm, On Tuesday, July 3 (THREE).

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This band will perform, beforehand, from 7pm to 9pm.

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Unlike with some prior years weather, in 2018, should not be a factor. I just checked again. Looks good — bar a totally unexpected thunderstorm due to the heat.

As always Alton’s fireworks are never on the 4th. That days is left for the ‘Big Boys’ like Wolfeboro.

So, Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 9:20pm at ‘The Bay‘.

The Pete Kilpatrick Band‘ will perform starting at 9pm.


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Alton, New Hampshire “Old Home Day” Fireworks — August 12, 2017.

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Alton’s Saturday, August 12, 2017 fireworks for “Old Home Day“.

It was very strange. A bit eerie. There was NO ONE there. It was empty. I kid you not. At the height of the fireworks, say 9:10 pm, there were 11 people on ‘the bridge’. 11 people. No traffic. No cars. Only two vehicles parked on ‘Bay Hill Road’! It was STRANGE.

Yes, a thunderstorm had been forecast and ‘they’ had postponed the concert until Sunday. But, the weather was fine and the rain (sans storm) held out till past 11pm.

The fireworks were ‘OK’ (as any firework show is) BUT did not live up to expectations or past performances (and we have been going to these fireworks for 10 years). Usually ‘this’ the ‘Old Home Day’ show is the BIGGER of Alton’s two firework displays — the other for July 4th.

The show lasted 20 minutes; 90% of the time it being one slow firework at a time — hand fired, laboriously and lethargically.


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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire Fireworks — July 4, 2017.

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Wolfeboro’s 4th of July 2017 fireworks, which lasted about 40-minutes since they were individually hand fired, were ‘good’ — as one would expect from this affluent town, the ‘Oldest Summer Resort in America‘.

It was another perfect evening for fireworks, temps in the low 70s and no rain for miles. There was also a very bright ‘half’ moon — that you can see in some of the pictures, to the left.

We have been going to fireworks in Wolfeboro, either the 4th of July or ‘First Night‘ or both, for the last 10-years. They are invariably good, and typically better than those in our home town of Alton (which is not as ‘rich’ — Wolfeboro the home for such luminaries as Mitt).

We always watch these fireworks from a little hill, on the Brewster Campus, by the side of their main sports field. It is the perfect vantage point since the fireworks are set off directly in front, just a few hundred yards away.

It was fun, though getting out of Brewster proved to be a nightmare.


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Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Was NOT Published On July 4, 1865 As Some Maintain!

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I get a daily e-mail from ‘Encyclopedia Britannica‘ about ‘On This Day‘.

I, however, no better than to take their word. I ALWAYS check events that are of interest to I.

So, I checked the Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ claim.

Glad I did!

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Click to ENLARGE. An e-mail I received today — July 4, 2017.



So that is the REAL story. They did PLAN to publish it on July 4, 1865 BUT it did NOT happen.

So, Encyclopedia Britannica, got it wrong — THOUGH you would think they would double check before they send out these e-mails.

This is why it cracks me up when people Bad Mouth Wikipedia. In reality, Wikipedia has less errors and is more up to date than any of the older Encyclopedias — and I say that as one who has, since an early age, loved Encyclopedias and still has a printed set of the Encyclopedia Britannica.


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Alton, New Hampshire Fireworks — July 3, 2017.

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Alton’s July 3rd fireworks, to mark July 4th, have never been known to be outstanding. Alton does noticeably better when it come to the “Old Home Day” fireworks in August. That is just how things are in Alton — in terms of how they spend their fireworks budget.

The 2017 July 3rd Alton fireworks lived up to their reputation. Nothing to write home about. They were ‘OK’, but not special or spectacular. Even the finale lacked pizazz. But, it was OK. Some good ones. Beautiful day, great evening. Goldilocks. The weather was just perfect.

We had relatives over from D.C. and they wanted to take us to dinner. So, we decided to go to JP China in Alton. That worked out very well. Mary, the owner, was checking the parking. It was all good and cool. Might do the JP China routine for future Alton fireworks. Great location.


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