Most places you get married, you can have fireworks if you want them -- if you can afford them, and the permits and insurance that go along with them. Or you can go the budget route and get just as many oohs and ahhs with sparklers.
Not only are fireworks a radiant feast for the eyes, but the loud, fiery tradition that delights adults and children from coast to coast is uniquely American. Could there possibly be a downside to fireworks?
I remember as a child driving with my family to a parking lot for the best view of the awesome display of pyrotechnics. The "oohs" and the "ahs" echoed in the night to the backdrop of the sparkling lights in the sky.
At this point in the summer, every city in the U.S. is gearing up to the July 4 celebrations with plans for parades, fireworks, performances and street fairs. But few can match what New York has up its sleeve this year to mark Independence Day.
As the granddaughter of Lebanese and Italian immigrants who came to this country to start a new life, the Fourth of July signifies the birthday of a nation that opened its arms to my family, and has given us the opportunity to flourish ever since.