FLASH! BANG! Why Fireworks Aren’t for Everyone (Even If They Used to Be)

Fireworks shimmer over Higgins Lake, Michigan, across the lake from a Camp Curnalia beach. Photo by the author.

When you grow up in an American Legion veterans-only settlement, you grow up understanding a few things. Flag codes. The difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. And fireworks on Independence Day.

On the shores of Higgins Lake, Michigan, in a settlement now known as Camp Curnalia, small cottages crowd together among narrow gravel…

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Barb Mayes Boustead

Barb Mayes Boustead

Meteorologist, climatologist, instructor, and past president of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Twitter @windbarb.