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A sparkling Fourth of July with laser-beam action

Fourth of July celebrates America’s independence. For me, it also brings about the greatest two minutes of each year.Sparklers have a special effect on me.Light me a sparkler or two and watch my smile grow as wide as that Cheshire cat in “Alice in Wonderland.” I haven’t been able to outgrow the fun little light shows that spit out sparks and can really do some damage to an ’80s girl with big hair.Yes, hair spray used in excessive quantities can be extremely flammable.I did a little research on my burning beauties and found out thanks to the Diamond Sparkler people in Youngstown, Ohio the following compounds are used to manufacture sparklers:• Aluminum• Iron filings• Barium nitrate• Dextrin• Boric acidThe above compounds are mixed with water and a sparkler is born.I don’t recommend making your own sparklers at home. They sell them all over the place for two minutes of hot cheap fun.Just the way I like it.As my dad always says, don’t be a dummy and drop one on the ground. Fire doesn’t play well with others (seriously). And don’t forget to follow area fire bans.Smokey the Bear is watching.

It’s happening in Snowmass Village to boot: Snowmass hosts a free concert with The Blind Boys of Alabama soul gospel group, and a laser light show. The concert’s at 7 p.m.; the laser light show starts at 9 p.m. on Fanny Hill. Information: (800) SNOWMASS or http://www.snowmassvillage.comThis is why I’d kick it up here: According to Snowmass event director Josh Behrman, The Blind Boys of Alabama combine traditional gospel with R&B, soul and hip hop. The Boys have won a Grammy every year since 2002, and they were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame that same year. An impressive resum, to say the least. After the concert is a laser light show by renowned light designer Jeff Silverman. He has worked on projects with the Royal Caribbean’s largest cruise ship and Las Vegas’ Bellagio (my favorite part of Vegas, next to the no-clocks thing). The jury’s out on whether a laser light show can match good ol’ fireworks. I guess you’ll have to see it to believe it.

It’s happening in Glenwood Springs to boot: Symphony in the Valley is back with its annual July 4 concert and fireworks. The music begins at 8 p.m. and fireworks start around 9:30 p.m. at Two Rivers Park.This is why I’d kick it up here: Last year I didn’t quite get to the park in time for the fireworks. But I was able to “ooh” and “ahh” from my boyfriend Ryan’s old place. I had to stand on his shoulders (good thing he’s 6-foot-4). I recommend being at the park to see and hear the patriotic action in person. Unless you’re into chicken fighting.

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