Every July 4th for the last upteen years, OBceans and their friends mass on the beach during the fireworks. And as soon as the explosions and bright stars are gone, they open up on each other with marshmallows, as part of the annual tradition that began 29 years ago. It ‘s part of our culture now.
And yet each year, the marshmallows wars seem to grow and include more and more of OB’s seafront. Last year, for example, revelers took the fighting onto Newport Avenue, down the street, up Abbott, over to the Pier.
And the mess was incredible. The same thing happened the year before, with notable stains of black marshmallow goo on the Veterans’ Memorial Rock and Park. Community volunteers – not enough – emerged over the next several days to clean off the junk.
But hey! enough is enough!
The OB Rag is calling for …. “Moderation” – “Don’t Pollute!”
OBceans, keep the marshmallow wars on the beach and around the fires – where it all began. Don’t pollute our streets, monuments, and sidewalks. July 4th brings enough of a patriotic mess as it is – so much so that battalions of volunteers have to converge and make a frontal assault on the trash pit that is the beach the day after.
In fact, we did a poll two years ago on whether the tradition should continue.
… 69% of the respondents to the OB Rag poll want the Marshmallow Wars tradition to continue, although nearly half of those want some kind of controls placed on the event by volunteers, whereas 27% believe the event is out of control and want it to end. 3% wanted to study the issue.
What do you think? Will you join us in this Call for Moderation during OB’s Marshmallow Wars?