4th of July

Happy Fourth of July!  I know I’m a day late, but yesterday was one long day!

With temperatures in the nineties I started the afternoon at the Spikes game.  I was limited on time and was waiting for action to happen.  I got that action in the third when the team had a record breaking 10 run inning.  When Washington made contact with the ball with the bases loaded the entire stadium started to cheer as it soared over the right field wall for a grand slam.

From the baseball stadium I literally ran down Curtin Road to catch the second half of the Fourth Fest parade.

As the parade wrapped up the festival started to draw crowds. From military vehicles, children’s activities, and pyrotechnic demonstrations to the giant American flag birthday cake there were photo opportunities everywhere I turned.

With an hour till the fireworks I headed into the grass field to scope out where I wanted to photograph from.  As I laid down my blanket and started up my laptop along side the reporter we got a call there was a dwelling fire at an apartment complex downtown.  We paused for a minute to try to find out more information when we could see black smoke rising into the air.  We bolted to my car, made it away from all firework traffic and towards the smoke.  We parked about a mile away from the scene and for the second time of the day I ran with all my gear towards the fire.

Multiple companies battled the blaze as it tore across the roof of the apartment complex.  Luckily no one was injured and several pets were pulled from inside.

As the firefighters got the flames under control I could hear the fireworks in the distance.

Knowing we would need at least one firework photo I headed to the easiest place I knew of with a vantage point that avoided the traffic.  With only a few minutes left in the show I set up my tripod and clicked away.

Hope everyone else had a relaxing holiday, and my thoughts go out to those who lost their homes.

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