Let The Show Begin!

"May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't" – General George S. Patton

The Evening Show Is Beginning

Here come the fireworks which are launched from the middle of the 18th fairway and explode over the lake between the 18th and 10th holes! Great fun plus we get to see the fireworks from the Joint Forces Traiing Base plus Disneyland and other locaitons in the county!

Did You Know? - The earliest fireworks came from China during the Song dynasty (960–1279). Fireworks were used to accompany many festivities. The art and science of firework making has developed into an independent profession. In China, pyrotechnicians were respected for their knowledge of complex techniques in mounting firework displays. Chinese people originally believed that the fireworks could expel evil spirits and bring about luck and happiness.


Joint Forces Training Base fireworks in the background

They are about five minutes ahead of ORCC

The city is lit up with displays even before we start!

Note the reflections in the lake!

Bam... Off like a rocket...wait, it is a rocket!

High in the sky over ORCC

Beautiful, just beautiful

Did You Know? - Fireworks are just chemical reactions.

A firework requires three key components: an oxidizer, a fuel and a chemical mixture to produce the color. The oxidizer breaks the chemical bonds in the fuel, releasing all of the energy that's stored in those bonds. To ignite this chemical reaction, all you need is a bit of fire, in the form of a fuse or a direct flame.

In the case of early fireworks, saltpeter was the oxidizing ingredient that drove the reaction, as British scholar Roger Bacon figured out in the early 1200s. Interestingly, Bacon kept his findings a secret, writing them in code to keep them out of the wrong hands.

As soon as one goes off...another is sent skyward

Down to the ground

Did You Know? - China may have invented the firework, but Italy invented the aerial shell (and also made fireworks colorful).

Most modern fireworks displays use aerial shells, which resemble ice cream cones. Developed in the 1830s by Italian pyrotechnicians, the shells contain fuel in a cone bottom, while the "scoop" contains an outer layer of pyrotechnic stars, or tiny balls containing the chemicals needed to produce a desired color, and an inner bursting charge. Italians are also credited with figuring out that one could use metallic powders to create specific colors. Today, the shape that the firework produces is a product of the inner anatomy of the aerial shell or rocket.

Thank you all for the nice gifts. Robin saw the collection and decided to give us a hand to the car! Always our right arm!

Packed up and ready to go!

My hat looks pretty good on her!

We will be right over!!!