Americans aren't the only ones enjoying fireworks displays this week.
Thousands of people gathered around Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor Sunday night to watch a grand fireworks display to mark the 15th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to the control of mainland China.
But few democracy lovers felt like celebrating.
That's because the dream of universal suffrage is still elusive for Hong Kongers. They have no say in choosing their chief executive --he's always Beijing's choice, hand selected by a 1200-member committee.
The Chinese government has promised legislative elections and an elected chief executive by 2020, yet many people remain skeptical because no election road map exists.
Also, housing prices have skyrocketed and Hong Kongers are upset by the behavior of wealthy, arrogant mainland businessmen who have moved agrressively to dominate Hong Kong's real estate, retail, and tourism markets. Many feel they face an economic disadvantage at a time when the China and Hong Kong economies are starting to slow.
As you prepare to celebrate 236 years of American independence, take a look at this spectacular fireworks display in Hong Kong.
While its brilliance may dazzled you, know that the Chinese government needs to do much more if it hopes to spark loyalty and satisfaction in the hearts of the people of Hong Kong.