Late Saturday night, Dave and I were watching a movie, when we heard a bunch of successive pops outside. We don't live too far from a shooting range, and some days we can hear it pretty clearly. But, not only was it too late, it was far too rapid to be the range.
It sounded like fireworks, but Victoria Day was weeks ago. There's always a few idiots who love to set off a few in the backyard for days afterward - but this sounded much more like a professional show. There's too many buildings and trees around for us to see very far, so I turned to Google for the answer.
It was fireworks - an end-of-day celebration for the Battle of Stoney Creek re-enactment which takes place every June. It's something I've always wanted to go to, but always seem to forget about until it's too late. I figured this year was the same, but I kept reading the website, and there was one more re-enactment the next day at 2 pm.
Admission is usually $10, but in honour of Canada's 150th this year, it was free. The park is only 3km from my house... there really was no reason NOT to go.
Dave wasn't in the mood, Mom was too busy, and Dad wasn't feeling up to it, so yesterday, I hopped on the bus and went to check it out by myself.
The battle was part of the war of 1812. Here's the history