Phantom Fireworks

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4th of July, Indiana style

Since 2008, my girlfriend Tanya has been having a 4th of July party here in Valpo. Since she knows how much I enjoy barbecuing and blowing things up, I have been in charge of the grill and the fireworks. These photos are from our 4th Annual 4th of July Extravaganza. Good food, good company and fireworks makes for a great day.

Thanks to Tanya for taking some of the firework photos for me.

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Preparing for the 4th of July

There is one thing about Indiana, besides my girlfriend, that keeps bringing me back and that is the ability to buy and shoot off fireworks. I am not talking about the “safe and sane” Red Devil variety, but rather the good stuff provided by Phantom Fireworks. I am not saying I spend a lot of money there, but they send me a Christmas card every year. I got the house in Valparaiso in July 2007 and started doing fireworks shows that same year. It has become tradition.

These photos were taken on the days leading up to the 4th of July party Tanya and I had. They include visits to a couple of my favorite local restaurants, ZaZa Ristorante and Pikk’s Tavern, and Tanya showing the steps in the preparation of her delicious tiramisu.

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Video of 4th of July Fireworks Display

As I mentioned yesterday, I am in Indiana for the 4th of July holiday. With all apologies to Indiana residents, this place sucks in July. However, they have very liberal fireworks laws and that is enough incentive to make me consider the journey. Combine that with the fact that my girlfriend lives here, it is not too difficult a decision to make. When I fly in, the first stop is always the Phantom Fireworks in Chesterton. This video is of the final display of my 4th Annual Fireworks Show.

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