Friday, July 6, 2012

Fireworks First-Timers

Waiting patiently for the show to begin!
We've been wanting to take the kids to see fireworks for some time now. Usually, we aren't home over the 4th. We're either in Michigan or in Mass. visiting family. Although there are fireworks all during the summer on weekends here and there, Greg and I always seem to miss them. This year, with the 4th falling on Wednesday, we knew we'd be home from Michigan in time to catch them. The kids have been off all week, so were well rested. We didn't know which location in Rochester would be best for the kids. We wanted a place that was not too crowded, close to home, and where you didn't have to walk a mile from your car to see them. After looking up places, and checking with friends on where they usually go, we settled on Calkins Road right near the new Wegman's.

We found a spot, set up our blankets and chairs, and settled in. We got there around 8:50, but the fireworks weren't scheduled to go off until around 9:45. I brought water bottles, but forgot some munchies, so Greg and Chris went to one of the surrounding stores and picked up a few ice cream bars and some popcorn for us to have while waiting. The kids were VERY excited about the fireworks! With every warm up shot, they would jump up and down and laugh. I'm glad we made the effort to go, it was worth it just to see their reactions, and the location was pretty decent. Next year, we'll probably go to the same place, but will try to get a bit closer to the field for an even better view.

The "Drumstick"

I also wanted to try and get some good pictures with my Kodak Z990. It is one of the best digital cameras we've made in terms of quality, features, and affordability. Here are a few of the shots that Greg got:

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