When a holiday falls in the middle of the week, its hard to get excited about doing anything. But it sounds like Gary may have some other things going on that makes him not in a festive mood. Hope things get better Brother.
Well my lodge sells fireworks for 4-5 days before the 4th and on the 4th itself all the way up till a couple hours past dark. It's actually a pretty busy too. So if you haven't guessed that's where I will be
When I was a teenager, my parents had a travel trailer that we kept in Jaffrey, NH. My friends and I would grab flashlights and maybe some beverages if we could get them and climb Mount Monadnock to watch the fireworks from the summit. We would see fireworks from seven or eight towns on a clear night. Looking down on them was a very interesting perspective, too.