It hardly ever rains all day in Colorado Springs. It’s not uncommon for afternoon thunderstorms to blow in over the mountain, but they are usually come and gone within a few hours. But, this 4th of July, it rained just about all day and put a damper on a lot of celebrations. I think all the scheduled fireworks shows went as planned, but they were more than a little wet. I guess the good thing is that the fire danger was extremely low.
Palmer Lake didn’t seem to be nearly as crowded as usual, likely due to the rain. The show was about 18 minutes long, shorter than usual, but a lot of communities shortened their show as a result of economic conditions. It was still a great time, though!
Once the rain stopped and clouds parted somewhat, the moon was competing with the fireworks for all the attention. It was nearly full, and was quite bright – I can’t remember ever watching fireworks when it was that light outside!
Though attendance was down, that didn’t mean there wasn’t the usual gridlock trying to leave Palmer Lake.
A Twitter friend, Ben Simon, has a lot of really great (and way better then ours) images from Palmer Lake. Jeremy also took some video with his iPhone, including the grand finale: