so, this year we went to our friends' house again, and i still think the fireworks are too loud. they're also kind of dangerous, because they can fall on you, out of the sky, and they can burn you. my mom kept trying to take my picture while i was doing a sparkler, and she kept getting way too close to the fire. i kept turing away from her and telling her not to get too close. i didn't have to wear the firing range ear phones, though, so that's good. maybe next year, we can get some roman candles, because those are my favorite. i had some fun swinging around a spent roman candle and pretending i was the king of the Chinese. they're the ones who make the fireworks, and i think they do an excellent job.