Fireworks are a touchy subject right now. For weeks, city dwellers have complained about the near-constant eruptions of mysterious origin going off in their neighborhoods. Then there’s the fact that we’re in the middle of a pandemic that has prompted many cities to outright cancel their annual Fourth of July celebrations. The cities that are still going forward with displays have had to change their plans to hold them in ways that discourage crowds from forming. Some have planned to just shoot the fireworks higher so people can see them from farther away. Other places, like New York, have split their normal gigantic blast fest into several shorter, smaller shows that will be launched from undisclosed locations. That way, if you stay put like you should, you’ll be able to catch one show or another from your backyard, fire escape, or stoop.
Still, fireworks shows have an undeniable appeal, especially for people who want to snap some cool pics. First thing’s first: If you do go out to hunt down a good view of the fireworks, avoid any crowds, wear a mask, and maintain your distance from other people. Just because the pretty lights in the sky go boom doesn’t mean we get to be any less vigilant about preventing the spread of a deadly virus. Next, if you’re going to take some photos, you’ll want to do it right.