“The true meaning of America, you ask? It’s in a Texas rodeo, is a policeman’s badge, in the sound of laughing children, in a political rally, in a newspaper … In all these things, and many more, you’ll find America. In all these things, you’ll find freedom. And freedom is what America means to the world. And to me.” ~ Audie Murphy
Independence Day weather for the Crescenta Valley – as usual, perfect. The traditional plans of parades, barbecues, the beach and fireworks will proceed under clear skies during the day and “star-spangled” skies at night. Although hard to believe, the Crescenta Valley Firework Celebration was not included in the AccuWeather’s “Five of the Most Celebrated Fourth of July Fireworks Displays” in the U.S. The following are their choices:
Philadelphia – The birthplace of American Independence hosts a weeklong celebration. Tropical storm may strengthen into a hurricane, then move out leaving rain and cold in place.
New York City – With more than 40,000 pyrotechnic effects, this show is the largest in the U.S. Rain is in the forecast due to Tropical Storm Arthur.
Boston – Accompanied by cannons, church bells and the “1812 Overture,” over 500,000 people are expected to gather along the shores of the Charles River. Once again, rain is expected from the tropical storm.
Washington, DC – Fireworks are visible from several locations around the capitol, the favorite being the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool. The chance of rain is less, but still a possibility.
Addison, Texas – The Lone Star state goes all out, celebrating into the early morning hours including a flyover of historic warplanes. A typical summer day is predicted with highs in the 90s and thunderstorms in the vicinity.
The Crescenta Valley may not make the top five in the fireworks’ category, but weather-wise, we reign. Daytime temperatures are expected to remain in the low 90s with nights in the 60s. Tropical Storm Douglas to the south may add humidity and high clouds, but clear skies prevail.
In appreciation of freedom and independence, “Happy 4th of July!”
Sue Kilpatrick is a Crescenta Valley resident and Official Skywarn Spotter for the National Weather Service.
Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.