2015 Montgomery Township United States Independence Day Fireworks

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2015 Montgomery Township Independence Day Fireworks

We have no plans for the 4th, but we always attend the United States Independence Day Fireworks at the Montgomery High School. They are often well attended and are funded independently of the township. We’ve been doing it since the kids were in kindergarten (and before I knew how to use a DSLR).

Like every year in the past, there was fun for the family on the front lawn of Montgomery High School in Skillman on July 1st! Starting at 6 pm there were games and vendors including grilled foods ( I had a kielbasa on a stick), drinks (non-alcoholic), and the ever-popular kettle corn (we bought two jumbo bags). We got there early, found a great picnic spot under the stars, enjoyed the sounds of the local band, “Pi Fight”. After walking around, bumping into and chatting with other township residents, friends and family we stood for a heartfelt rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at dusk. Then it was time for a fabulous display of fireworks.

My mom enjoying the experience.

My mom was visiting from the Caribbean and enjoyed hanging out with me and my extended family.

Shaan hanging out with a high school friend.
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  1. Every year since 2003 (with the exception of a few years when the town didn’t have an event) my family and I have attended the Montgomery Township Independence Day Fireworks. The first few years the event was held on the lawn of the Orchard Hill Elementary School. Now the event is a major township event that draws a large crowd from nearby towns. The kids get to hang out on the high school lawn, eat kettle corn, chat with their friends, eat hot dogs, enjoy a local area band and then some spectacular boom and bang display at the end of the night.
    The firework event is often well attended and is funded independently of the township. We’ve been doing it since the kids were in kindergarten (and before I knew how to use a DSLR).
    My wife, Bhavana
    I always attempt photos. This year I tried capturing the display with my iPhone 6. I mounted the iPhone 6 with a clamp on the side of my tripod. I have experimented with long exposure waterfall photography using the ProCam app so I thought shooting fireworks photos with the app would be easy. For long exposures of waterfalls, the app does a good job of smoothing out running water.
    My mom trying to look cool.
    However, the app didn’t do as well with fireworks photos. I don’t think I used the app correctly. The results were not been very good. The images were either way out of focus or the highlights were blown out. I tried various modes but none produced a useable image. Perhaps I just need to experiment some more. I’ll have a few more opportunities. New Hope in Pennsylvania has fireworks displays every Friday during the summer.

    The fireworks were used to accompany many festivities. It is thus a part of the culture of China and had its origin there; eventually, it spread to other cultures and societies. ~ Wikipedia

    One of my 2016 summer fireworks.

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