Sitting on the shore of Bass Lake, it was the typical summer day with boats towing skiers and jet skis traveled up and down the lake. Kids played in the shallows cooling off as their fathers tried to fish just a few feet away. Mothers tended the grill fixing the days burgers and hot dogs. Occasionally a flock of geese would swim by looking for a leftover hot dog bun. It was a typical summer day on the lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains but today was different. Instead of dreading the end of the day and the drive home, everyone was looking forward to sunset and no one was leaving. As the sky darkened the boats all started heading toward the center of the lake. Their lights dancing on the shimmering water. With just a hint of light left in the sky, there was a sudden thunderous boom and bright flash of light. The much anticipated 4th of July fireworks had arrived and the crowd roared in yells of applause and approval. Someone in the distant started singing the Star Spangled Banner, somewhat out of key, and everyone joined in to help him out.
Having arrived early we had picked a prime spot to view the fireworks as they exploded over the lake and high above the pines. And it was better than we had anticipated. Seeing a fireworks show at Bass Lake is like getting two shows for the price of one as the blooms reflect in the now smooth ripples upon the lake. Occasionally one would go extra high and light up the entire length of the lake. All too soon, the Grand Finale started lighting the shore almost as bright as it had been during the day. The crowd once again roared to life and applause could be heard up and down the lake as the boat all blew their horns.
What a spectacular way to spend the 4th of July.
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