Fireworks Over A Prairie Town

When you live in the country and want to view fireworks, you have lots of choices and days to choose from. Most small towns have a fireworks display either on the 4th or on an evening preceding the 4th so as not to compete with neighboring towns.  So on Saturday night, we saw the fireworks display at Goff, a small town of 126, and on Monday night we saw the fireworks at Robinson, population 192. Small towns depend on fund raising and donations to afford their displays, and the entire town and people from surrounding areas and towns drive in to see the show. Most find viewing spots around the town itself, while some, like us, find a good spot on the outskirts of town.

Goff, Kansas

In Goff we chose a soybean field overlooking the town, and in Robinson, we chose the cemetery which happens to be the highest hill near the town. There was no musical accompaniment or announcer.  We just found our spot, set up our cameras, and then watched the sun set and waited until early darkness descended. Without preamble the fireworks started,

continued for about 10-15 minutes,

there was an extra burst of fireworks for the finale, and then quiet. The townspeople’s cheers echoed up from the town, and we packed up our cameras and joined the line of cars and trucks headed out of town.

We’re already thinking about a prime spot to view next years fireworks display.

Hope you had a glorious 4th of July too!


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12 Responses

  1. Sharon says:

    Wow, great photos. You have to love the rural towns who make the effort! Thanks for sharing

  2. Teresa says:

    Beautiful pictures. I actually stayed home and didn’t see a single display this year.

  3. Tina says:

    You are so very lucky to live where people have common sense. Here in the big city we are covered in tourists, traffic is a mess and the fireworks start before it is even dark. It was 10:30pm last night as I lay in bed listening to the mortar concusions wondering if I was the only one in the world who had to get up at 5am and would love to get to sleep!! Happy belated 4th everyone!

  4. Lynda M O says:

    I grew up in a small town and remember well the views we were delighted to watch. Now I live in the SF Bay area and the mortars went on until early this morning. As I type (at 2:25 pm) I can hear them still being lit and fired somewhere not too far away.

    • Suzanne says:

      Wow, why don’t they have an ordinance setting a time limit? That’s too bad and kinda takes the joy out of the 4th.

  5. Melanie says:

    Oh. .I soooo missed seeing any fireworks this year. Our community banned them secondary to the drought. .and hope to set off the large firework display over the lake. .if it ever rains here again. .I’ll be the first one in line!!

  6. Those are the best fireworks photos I’ve ever seen! They are perfect. I like your spot you chose to view the fireworks!

    • Suzanne says:

      We’re not much of a crowd joiner, and we needed a high hill anyway, so the soybean field was a good choice for us. Thanks Bonnie.

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