Tuesday, July 5, 2011

River of Fire

Fireworks along the Columbia River
Every Fourth of July the Columbia River in our area turns into the River of Fire. That's the name given to the annual fireworks show which has been taking place for 25 years now. The fireworks are generally set off from a barge in the river near Columbia Park in Kennewick.

When we're not on a camping trip to the Little Naches area in Wenatchee National Forest, we usually go to the fireworks display when starts when it's dark enough, usually about 10 p.m.  We usually like to watch from atop the hill at Canal Drive in Kennewick. Not only can you see these fireworks from this vantage point, but we also can see the fireworks at TRAC across the river in Pasco, as well as fireworks set off throughout the Pasco area by residents.

The main display usually lasts about 20 minutes, with the sky erupting into colorful streaks of fire, one right after the other.

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