A friend who recently moved to North Carolina from the west coast asked, "What's there to do around here for the July 4th holiday?" So I created a fireworks map, showing the locations of many of the celebrations around the state!
Here's a snapshot of my map - click on it to see the interactive version, which has hover-text over each marker, and you can click on them to launch a Google search that should help you get more details. The red dots represent fireworks on Saturday, July 4th, and the yellow dots represent fireworks that are on a different night (mostly Friday, July 3rd). If you're in North Carolina for the holiday, hopefully this map will help you find something to do!
This example is a little fancier/flashier than my usual business/scientific/news graphs ... but hey - it's designed for a holiday/celebration audience! And although you probably don't want to use all of these tricks in a graph, it does demonstrate several techniques you might want to know how to do, should a special need arise. Here's a link to the SAS code if you'd like to experiment with it.
In my data, I have the zip code of the location with the fireworks, and I use Proc Geocode to estimate the latitude/longitude center of each zip code. Rather than using the traditional SAS/Graph maps.uscounty, I use the newer mapsgfk.us_counties map - this allows me to leave all my latitude/longitude data in eastlong degrees (whereas the old/traditional SAS/Graph maps required me to convert the latitude/longitude to westlong radians). I use the goptions iback option to place the firecracker image in the background behind the map, and I use an alpha transparent color for the map, so you can barely see the firecrackers behind the map. I place a box around the title (using the title statement's box=1 option), and fill the box with a transparent color (similar to the map).
For those who would rather see a text list (such as someone wanting to do a string search for a particular city name), I follow the map with a Proc Print table. I encode html href (drilldown) tags in the table so you can click on the events and launch the same Google search as the map markers, and I modify the individual style elements of the pieces of the table to do things like make the font larger, and the borders disappear.
And now for the big question ... what's the best fireworks show you've been to?!? :-)