Dallas’ Reunion Tower Fireworks Marked the End of 2020

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Just before midnight, fireworks cascaded from the top of Reunion Tower, celebrating the end of 2020 and the beginning of a new year. If ever a departing year deserved a “don’t get hit by the screen door on your way out”, this was it. With many of the normal New Year’s meetings being canceled or severely scaled down, it was comforting to see at least one Dallas- Tradition still exists. And yes, five years are a tradition in Dallas.

The Reunion Tower lit up on a cold, wet, and ugly night.  Thanks, 2020.EXPAND

The Reunion Tower lit up on a cold, wet, and ugly night. Thanks, 2020.

Mike Brooks

Our list of Festivus grievances this year has been long, and the number of little miracles has been short indeed. One small miracle that didn’t happen was snow on New Year’s Eve. Instead, just above freezing rain lashed the city for two days and eventually turned into a fine mist before the show began, cold and wet and ugly. So 2020.

Not that the weather bothered the participants because (at least in theory) there weren’t any. Remember, that was back in 2020 and we can’t have beautiful things. The show should be primarily an online viewing experience. I know right? Fireworks on TV? How kick ass is that? The normal places to watch, like the beautiful lawn of Reunion Park, were closed to the public. The adjacent parking spaces? Closed. Double decker parking at Houston Street Bridge? Closed. Thanks to 2020 we look forward to the last memory.

Traffic stopped to admire the fireworks at Reunion Tower.EXPAND

Traffic stopped to admire the fireworks at Reunion Tower.

Mike Brooks

This photographer avoided the opportunity for a media pass, a tent and maybe a bad cup of coffee and a porta potty because I belong to the people as an observer. Instead, they double parked with hundreds of other freedom-loving Texans on Houston Street Bridge, where not only was there an unsupervised COVID-defying gathering, but also the traffic dangers of unplanned lane closures. Together we had a great and unobstructed view of the Reunion Tower over the empty fields and parking lots.

Looking east on Interstate 35, two full lanes stopped and their indicators turned on. An ambulance going into parkland was trying to get through the remaining lane. Its horns and sirens sounded like those crazy NYE party favors. I’m not sure who was the first to stall on the city’s most dangerous stretch of road, but he / she / she certainly has some great ones.

2020 left us for good last night, and like the least popular relative who survived their visit, the response was relief rather than celebration. We still have a lot to clean up and some difficult emotions to overcome, but hey, the good news is they are gone.

Maybe it was the weather or the fact that the surveillance areas around the Reunion Tower were closed or COVID, but most of the people stayed at home.EXPAND

Maybe it was the weather or the fact that the surveillance areas around the Reunion Tower were closed or COVID, but most of the people stayed at home.

Mike Brooks

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