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Why Starting Fireworks At Dusk Is Foolish

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Call me a fireworks snob. I’m alright with that. I like my fireworks a certain way… and “at dusk” is not it.

It’s simple. Give. Me. A. Time. It’s not that difficult. Fireworks start at 10:15. Fireworks start at dusk. It’s one extra character. It doesn’t take up a ton of extra room on your press release.

Do you know how fun it is to explain what time the fireworks begin to 4 kids from ages 13-5? A quick look at Wikipedia states: Dusk occurs at the darkest stage of twilight, or at the very end of astronomical twilight after sunset and just before night. Good ‘ol Webster says: the darker part of twilight especially at night. Makes complete sense. Can’t use either of those definitions because I barely understand them myself. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been outside and looked up and said to myself, ah… it must be about dusk right now.

Thanks to Google, I know when Dusk is on Sunday:

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I get the fact that using dusk as your start time gives you wiggle room… There tend to be fussy people that would complain if you advertised ‘Fireworks at 10:15’ and they started at 10:18. People will find something to complain about no matter what.

Can you believe this heat…. sheesh.