This year in Sturgis, there was a ban on fireworks because of our extremely dry weather. We've already had two fires in the last month that decimated over 14,000 acres of beautiful forest and ranch land. So my Patriotic Beauty had to be content with a short program the city put on, complete with the full attention of the fire department. To add insult to injury, the city decided to have their program on the 2nd.
Now, I didn't think much of it, but my girls were thoroughly confused.
We decided to distract them on the 4th with a movie in Rapid City. We figured a little bit of screen time would heal our daughters' wounded souls. We could have gone to Lead, SD to see their fireworks display. And we seriously considered it. But we knew there would be a huge crowd to see the explosions being lit from the bottom of the Open Cut Gold Mine.
|Credit: Chris Huber via AP|
The movie was great. The girls were appeased. They were also delighted to see some sparkling fireworks going off on our way home, as the 25 miles between Rapid City and Sturgis often provides striking weather differences. There were no bans in the area we drove through because of some rain that had kept that area wetter. It felt like a win-win situation. And it was.