Every year I look forward to the Independence Day Fireworks. They never take place on the 4th of July in Princeton because of the costs. It’s more expensive to have a firework display ON the holiday compared to a few days BEFORE the big day. It’ll take place on Friday, July 1 around 9 PM. The best place to view the display is next to the Princeton University stadium. You can arrive as early as 7 PM to picnic, get closer parking, and have more choices of where to sit. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on.
I love to go to take photos. I met up with a friend and his family last year to guide him and my son in the art of fireworks photography. Many think it’s easy to take pictures of fireworks. To take bursts of intense color with long trails of light like in the photo above, you have to shoot in manual mode. It’s best to use an SLR or a DSLR, but you can use a point-and-shoot camera as long as it has manual settings.
If you’re interested in improving your technique for taking firework photos, check out this blog post I wrote last year. If you have any questions, feel free to post them here or on that post, and I’ll respond as quickly as possible. If you shoot any displays this year, please share your link with me, since I LOVE looking at fireworks photos. I’ll share mine in an upcoming post.