Extreme drought over the whole state of Texas = no fireworks allowed. I never thought I cared much about them, but not having the option to see any this year makes me a little sad.
But in a weird way, not being allowed to buy/shoot fireworks brings a little perspective regarding what the holiday is all about. In some countries, you're always told what to do, what to believe, how to celebrate.... if you're allowed to celebrate at all.
Happy Independence Day and thanks to all those who have made it possible for me to celebrate - with or without the fireworks.