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Re: 4th of July Private Fireworks?

Halloween is also "done" here, although it appears (according to the older folks) to be something new and foreign and not happily accepted and in the process of being stamped out in this town, due to the hooliganism that accompanies it - raw eggs being thrown at buildings and cars, young children doing trick/treat things being robbed of their wares.
Although everyone here seems to enjoy hollowing out big orange pumpkins and setting them on their doorsteps with candles inside. Must be some other related ancient celtic custom mistaken for Halloween?
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Halloween is also "done" here, although it appears (according to the older folks) to be something new and foreign and not happily accepted and in the process of being stamped out in this town, due to the hooliganism that accompanies it - raw eggs being thrown at buildings and cars, young children doing trick/treat things being robbed of their wares.
Although everyone here seems to enjoy hollowing out big orange pumpkins and setting them on their doorsteps with candles inside. Must be some other related ancient celtic custom mistaken for Halloween?
I think you refer to the "Räbeliechtli", which used to be made from white turnips and nowadays more and more from pumkins. It's a alemannic tradition which goes back to the Middle Ages and is celebrated in a lot of Swiss German towns, usually around November 11th.
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I just asked the question. Geneva has one every year so far as I know so I thought MAYBE Zurich might do the same. I'm not saying they should at all.

However, a lot of American cities celebrate St. Patrick's Day for some reason.
It's too late to register, but The American Club of Zurich is having a Fourth of July celebration. More information here:

http://www.acz.ch/
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Re: 4th of July Private Fireworks?

I bet there are some zuritalians with recently purchased yet unused fireworks you could relieve them of for a few rappers.
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Re: 4th of July Private Fireworks?

Hi everyone...thanks for all of your input...and the laughs as we read through the responses...some people really like to digress from the topic and vent on this forum don't they?

So we risked it and bought fireworks and let them off in a park in our neighborhood. It is definitely illegal, but from what we heard, most people wouldn't mind if we did it early enough and didn't get too loud. We lit them off shortly after 10PM, it only lasted a few minutes and we even had people come out to watch the show with us. We used small bottle rockets, fountains and batteries. We would definitely recommend the batteries since they are much safer (you don't have to worry about shooting them into houses on accident, etc)...we won't use bottle rockets again--not until August 1st...

We did find out that there are legal options (fountains, etc) that don't make much noise and can be used year-round without a permit. However, if you want to shoot anything into the air, you need a permit from the police. We didn't get one...it was much too late...and frankly, we were afraid of being told "no."

But all in all, we had a great show for our friends and family and wanted to share what we learned in case any of you were interested in doing it yourself one day. By the way, the best place to buy the "goods" in Zurich City is Atelier Bucher They are awesome!
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