Fourth of July in Ravenna Township

Ricky Wise, a Ravenna Township resident, had a cookout and pool party at his house for July 4. Wise describes himself as fiercely moderate and independent. “I don’t care [about partisanship] man, Black lives matter, white lives matter — smoke weed and buy a gun.”

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Fourth of July in Ravenna Township

Residents mark Independence Day with backyard fireworks, target practice and barbecue.

In Ravenna Township, two groups of friends and neighbors celebrated Independence day in two very different ways:

One with a pool party, cookout and target shooting. The other with lawn chairs, sparklers and a clandestine pyrotechnics show.

I know the people in the first group, having gone to high school with most of them, and having been friends with some of them. They invited me over for a beer and a dip in the pool, and in true documentarian fashion, I brought my camera along.

The second group I met for the first time that evening, and after some introduction, they invited me to take photos of the night’s events, which included many sparklers, ‘oohs,’ ‘ahhs’ and one or two blow torches.

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