I love fireworks. Actually, I love BIG firework displays. The ones that the young’uns persist in lighting off in the neighborhood designed to just be big bangs are annoying. Well, don’t laugh, but I really like those snake’y things — those little black things that you light that crawl all over the ground.
But give me lots of sparkles and trailing lights and I’m in every time!
So … this is a heads up! It’s time to start planning!
One of the best shows in our area is, without a doubt, hosted by Emerald Downs in Auburn. Combined with the fun and excitement of horse racing, a plate of nachos or garlic fries and a margarita (or two), the day just can’t get much better!
Emerald Downs traditionally puts on the show on the 3rd –- which is good if you also have a tradition of a BBQ and neighborhood bangs on the 4th. My family has attended the show for years. Last year we were joined by our two granddaughters, who absolutely loved it. Much to the chagrin of our son and daughter-in-law, we taught the girls the finer points of making $2 bets on the ponies. They quickly learned how to lose money … although I must admit their “horse picking” skills are far better than mine. They won periodically, where I, with my finely-tuned ability to pick the last place finisher, walked away with nothing but memories.
Anyway, after spending a few hours walking the grounds, watching the face painters, and standing in line at the bounce house – all while watching the races, of course – the fireworks finally started! The girls plugged their ears and were in absolute awe, as were all of us once again!
Emerald Downs in Auburn is located at:
2300 Emerald Downs Drive
Auburn, WA 98001-1633
Looks like racing this year starts at 4:30 in the afternoon, with fireworks starting at dark. You’ll need to pay their very reasonable admission if you choose to attend the races – $7 for adults, free for youngsters 17 years old and younger.
Bring blankets and your own goodies, if you like, along with a pocketful of dollar bills so you can place your strategic winner’s bets on the horses, as well.
Oh — And get there early. It’s a busy day and some of the best firework viewing spots fill up early.