We went to the banks of the Hudson last night to watch the 4th of July fireworks. It was hot, humid, and there were more than a dozen people there – but we had fun anyway.

That said…New York needs to step up its game. Those were some weak fireworks. Maybe I’m spoiled after having grown up in Ohio, where the “Red, White and Boom” show in Columbus is a full-on pyrotechnical masterpiece. Cincinnati also brings it hardcore with their annual Labor Day fireworks, which are reputed to be the nation’s best.

I’m just saying, it’s New York! Everything here is supposed to be amazing. Is that too much to ask?