For all my Knoxville friends, you know the wonders of Boomsday. Let me take a minute to explain Boomsday to my friends in other parts of the country.
Boomsday — happens every year on Labor Day weekend. This year, 2012, is the 25th anniversary. Happy Birthday to you, Boomsday! It is the LARGEST Labor Day fireworks show in the Nation. The Nation, people. They shoot the fireworks off a bridge over the river. There’s food, games, and live entertainment, and it’s free. And fun. What could possibly be better than joining some 400,000 of your neighbors to oooohhh and aaaaahhh over the BEST FIREWORKS SHOW ever. period.
I have ALWAYS loved Boomsday. When we were little our dad worked at the hospital that is right on the river, mere feet from the bridge where they shoot off the fireworks. Employees got to come hang out on the top of the parking garage, bring their families, and get a front-row seat to the show. They had food, music, the works. I have glorious memories of this. There is music on a local radio station that goes with the fireworks, so you really feel it. Boomsday used to be on Labor Day, so it was even more special when we were younger because we got to stay up super late on a school night to do something super fun. They’ve since changed it to Sunday night before Labor Day… smart guys. One year I even watched the fireworks from my hospital room at Children’s Hospital. That sure was a bright spot during a tough time.
Fast forward to college. Boomsday 2005 was when I first met my husband. The University of Tennessee campus runs right up the the river, and you can get a great view of the fireworks from the area around the basketball arena and football stadium. This was the spot where I first met Tommy. We didn’t necessarily “hit it off” right away, but I was pretty intrigued by him. A couple of my friends and I went to meet up with my friend, Sarah, who was with her boyfriend, Randy, who was with Tommy and some other guys. The short version– we met through mutual friends. We all watched the fireworks, went to eat, and hung out together that night. Tommy and I didn’t leave with each others’ numbers or a promise to see each other again soon. But a few months later, we met up again, and have spent our days together ever since.
So tonight, as we watch our 8th Boomsday together, we remember this special day. We’re not ones to keep up with little anniversaries and moments usually, but this one is sweet and it sticks. I am thankful for that Boomsday back in 2005. I am thankful for 8 Boomsdays together. I am so thankful for my husband and that this year, we are sharing our 2nd Boomsday with our little guy. Maybe next year he’ll be old enough to join in on the fun.
I always knew Boomsday was special, and now it holds a very special place in my heart.
These are all from 2006– apparently that was the last time I took Boomsday pictures.
Happy Boomsday, y’all!