Well so much for that.
Those who waited until Saturday night to watch fireworks were in for a big disappointment if they went out to Bodega Bay. Because of the low cloud cover, they only got to see half the show – the lower half.
Rachel Stemson of Santa Rosa was one of the many who crowded around Bodega Harbor at Westside Park to see the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. Saturday “You would see a rocket go off and then you’d say, ‘I think that one was blue,’ said Stemson. “After about 10 minutes, people just started to leave.”
The show went on as scheduled, leaving some to wonder whether the fireworks couldn’t have been saved for a clearer evening. “It was sad,” said Stemson.
Even those traditionalists who think fireworks displays should be held on July 4th might be willing to grant flexibility to those coastal communities dealing with uncooperative clouds.
As for my family, we kept with our tradition and went with friends on Friday to Sonoma to watch fireworks from lawn chairs and blankets in General Vallejo’s field. It may not be longest of fireworks shows in Sonoma County, but we’re convinced it comes with the best ground-shaking finish. From my perspective, I believe it also comes with the worst traffic jam – but it’s worth it.
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– Paul Gullixson