(By the way, please don't steal any of these photos.)

For those of you who aren't necessarily familiar with every custom and holiday in the USA... on July 4, 1776, a bunch of guys in wigs got together and said, "Hey! We are sick and tired of being colonies! We are sick and tired of doing what England tells us to do! We're not gonna take it any more!" So on that day, they put their signatures on the Declaration of Independence, which eventually led to the USA being its own country. ...that's my interpretation, anyway.

To celebrate this, Americans traditionally set off lots of fireworks. Here's what Wikipedia has to say on the matter.

Now, if you're not willing to sit around for 6 hours in advance to reserve a good "front-row" seat, you need to be willing to watch the fireworks over trees and power lines. (There are a lot of trees around here.) Which is okay by me.

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Lavenderlady said...

I like to watch mine on TV. These are some great photos. You have a great camera.

R&R in The Netherlands said...

Nice fireworks set...happy Independence Day!

Abraham Lincoln said...

So far there have been at least two area deaths due to fireworks. It looks nice but due to our drought, lots of places are not having them. Besides that we are supposed to get some of Nature's Own today.

Abraham Lincoln
the robins
the Japanese Beetles

Josy said...

LavenderLady- The TV ones don't amuse me. There's nothing like sitting/standing around with a bunch of other excited people and literally "ooooh"-ing and "ahhhh"-ing at the big beautiful explosions.

In terms of the good camera... even my not-so-good camera has a fireworks setting. All you need, really, is a 2-second exposure and a tripod. It's really easy, and if you take a lot of shots, neither the photographer nor the camera have a major impact on the final outcome.

R&R- Thank you! Have a happy July 4 yourself, even if you're NOT in the USA to celebrate it! :)

Lincoln- In NJ, it is absolutely illegal for people to set off fireworks without licenses and training- and that's why. I think the law applies to firecrackers, too.

Nikon said...

I like this shot - is it different than the Monmouth County one? Looks better for some reason.

lv2scpbk said...

Wonderful photos.

Josy said...

Nikon- Yes, it's different. I couldn't decide between the two... but this shot has fewer power lines in the way.

Heck, I couldn't even narrow it down to TWO shots, which is why I have all the thumbnails!

L- Thank you ma'am. :)

Pod said...

whaddaya mean you're sick of us teling you what to do? we know best don't we?