We joined the celebration on the 4th of July by having a few people over for dinner and then setting off fireworks after it got dark.

Consumer fireworks aren’t as big and don’t go as high as commercial ones, but they are quite sophisticated compared to the old days.

Modern home use fireworks send up multiple, timed and multi-colored reports, and the patterns are far more intricate than I remember from home fireworks when I was a kid!

Here’s my five favorite shots and there are a few more on my Flickr 4th of July set.

Fireworks, July 4th

Fireworks, July 4th

Fireworks, July 4th

Fireworks, July 4th

Fireworks, July 4th

Fireworks, July 4th

Fireworks, July 4th

Fireworks, July 4th

Fireworks, July 4th

Fireworks, July 4th