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#46403 - 07/01/09 08:19 PM Fireworks?
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What's the tradition in New Paltz / The Gunks for Fourth of July Fireworks? I'll be in the area climbing this weekend and was wondering where to go, what to do when evening sets in.

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#46412 - 07/02/09 03:33 AM Re: Fireworks? [Re: Ashe]
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Watch the fireworks from the top of the Nears. Avoid the crowds in New Paltz.

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#46413 - 07/02/09 03:59 AM Re: Fireworks? [Re: RangerRob]
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From that distance, the largest bursts will be the size of a dime held at arm's length. Why bother? If you really want to see fireworks, get serious about it and go to the Ulster County Fair Grounds. Fireworks are best when you feel the shock wave and smell the powder.
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#46415 - 07/02/09 04:29 AM Re: Fireworks? [Re: MarcC]
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I'll probably be watching from the dime seats..... That's okay with me.

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#46416 - 07/02/09 11:07 AM Re: Fireworks? [Re: TerrieM]
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If you really want to see fireworks, get serious about it and go to the Ulster County Fair Grounds. Fireworks are best when you feel the shock wave and smell the powder.

This thread is old enough for a bit of deviation. MarcC's comment reminds me of the time when, as a boy, I absolutely loved fireworks; now they're just a sleep-depriving annoyance to me. Did some of you go through the same change of taste?
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#46417 - 07/02/09 11:48 AM Re: Fireworks? [Re: oenophore]
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I still like fireworks; they can be quite beautiful. But I don't like the crowding that comes with big f/w displays when you haven't got a secluded spot to view from. Especially the mass exit when they have finished.

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#46419 - 07/02/09 12:04 PM Re: Fireworks? [Re: TerrieM]
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I'm with Terrie on this one.

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#46420 - 07/02/09 12:11 PM Re: Fireworks? [Re: Mike Rawdon]
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Then, you two need to go on top of either Snow Mountain or one of the infinite shoulders on Noonmark and watch the little display the Ausable Club puts on!

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#46431 - 07/02/09 06:55 PM Re: Fireworks? [Re: strat]
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...i have no idea of these places of which you speak!

I'm just glad the 4th is on a weekend this year. When it's during the week, I always feel bad if I don't go see them, but I work til 7:30pm and can't get a good spot in time for them to start. Always totally stuck in a massive block of people with no clear line of sight.... and then the mass exit - yuck.

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#46435 - 07/02/09 07:29 PM Re: Fireworks? [Re: TerrieM]
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Originally Posted By: TerrieM
I'm just glad the 4th is on a weekend this year. When it's during the week, I always feel bad if I don't go see them, but I work til 7:30pm and can't get a good spot in time for them to start. Always totally stuck in a massive block of people with no clear line of sight.... and then the mass exit - yuck.

You live in NYC, right? You might find that in comparison, the "crowds" in New Paltz might be a fraction of what you're used to.
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