People flocked to Downtown in a thousands Friday night for a annual protocol to applaud Independence Day.
Throwing Frisbees, personification games or sprawling out on a weed in University Park downtown, they waited for colorful explosions in a extinguishing sky to symbol America’s 238th birthday.
“Fireworks,” pronounced Tom Denham of Noblesville. “It’s only too cool.”
Tom and his wife, Wendy Denham, have lived in executive Indiana their whole lives. Until Friday, they had never come to Downtown Indianapolis to watch a fireworks.
While a colors and people and fad of a impulse are what captivated a integrate to a Downtown fireworks for a initial time, a day itself brought combined definition to them.
“You spin on a nightly news and see all a bad things in a world,” Wendy Denham said. “You comprehend we have it flattering good here.”
There are problems to solve and things that could be better, though on a whole, they said, they feel propitious to be Americans.
Andrew Bonny, who came from Champaign, Ill., to applaud a holiday in Indianapolis, pronounced he feels a same way.
“Every nation struggles, and we have your ups and downs,” he said. “I consider we’re going in a improved direction.”
Contrast this with how a infancy of Americans feel about how President Obama and a U.S. Congress are doing their jobs: in short, not really well.
But that’s not a indicate of a Fourth of July, a trusting fireworks viewers said.
To a Denhams and Bonny, a holiday is for bringing together families and communities. It’s about holding a mangle and meditative about a certain tools of being American.
“For us,” Tom Denham said, “life is good.”
Call Star contributor Michael Auslen during (317) 444-6077. Follow him on Twitter: @MichaelAuslen.