Our 4th of July celebration has come and gone.
A very noisy time in the city of Clinton to say the least, one of the things I found a bit sad was not many U.S. flags were flying throughout the city. There were flags waving here and there; overall, however, they were notably absent.
Another observation I made was the lack of community citizenship in regards to observing the new city ordinance about fireworks. A decidedly loss of respect for one’s neighbors. I really take no issue with some firecrackers being lit. The problem this 4th seemed to be the absolute war zone sounds that started about the same time as the fireworks tents went up and continue on well past the 4th. There are those who feel it is perfectly OK to launch a loud firefight about 8 p.m. continuing until 1 or 3 a.m. in the morning. These are the disrespectful ones who have no respect for their own citizenship.
As far as the future of fireworks sales in the city of Clinton, I would say the city of Clinton should not allow the sale of fireworks within city limits because the extreme sounds of a firefight using exceptionally loud fireworks at 2 a.m. is ridiculous.
Editor’s note: State law governs the sale of fireworks in Iowa cities. Those sales are allowed. City ordinances govern the use of those fireworks. Clinton’s ordinance bans the use of fireworks.