Bird on a Bare Branch

Attempting to fling a frail song in my little corner of the world

Thank You Detroit Drug Dealers July 5, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jen @ 10:46 pm

I drove over to T’s last night around 10pm.  Everywhere I looked, there were fireworks being set off in the sky, from street corners, backyards, and rooftops.  Children in front yards waved sparklers.  Who knew inner-city folk knew how to celebrate the 4th so well!  When I got to T’s, he wanted me to help take the kayak off the roof of the car and into the storage shed.  “But will we miss the fireworks?” I asked.  There was a particularly good show off the roof the multi-story apartment building at the end of his block.  He laughed, “They’ll be going on all night long.”


Sure enough.  We sat on the back porch and watched a lengthy show through the trees.  And I mean lengthy.  And impressive.  These were big fireworks.  And lots of them.  I kept thinking we had seen the finale, but then there would be another “finale”.  T explained that the good displays are put on by the drug dealers as a way of “giving back” to the community.  The random little three-firework displays were just the neighbors.  The others were dealers.  Clearly they’ve got cash.


I just googled “how much do fireworks cost?” and found this:  The typical July 4th show budget is $3000 to $20,000. For smaller events, away from the July 4th holiday, we suggest starting at about $3000. 


Detroit is a depressed place, but for one night it was magical as dueling fireworks lit up the sky for hours.  Thank you drug dealers for giving back for a night.


Official firework display over the river between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario on June 27 to celebrate Canada Day and American Independence Day. (Sorry, no photos from last night.)


One Response to “Thank You Detroit Drug Dealers”

  1. Kacie Says:

    You should post photos from your London trip too! I love love london and would love to live there. Too bad it’s so expensive. 🙂

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