Raleigh Finally Figured Out Fireworks

This year for Independence Day fireworks, I went with a group of friends just south of downtown Raleigh. No one wanted to deal with the crazy traffic so we went with a non-traditional spot.

We parked on the shoulder off the highway not a half mile south of downtown and set up in the grassy area in the middle of the exit ramp!

Since the revitalization of downtown Raleigh, they have moved the fireworks from the fairgrounds (flat and viewable from miles around) to downtown on Fayetteville Street. Love the idea. Have people downtown, get dinner, drinks and then hang out on the street to live music as the fireworks go off.

However there was a maximum height limitation on the fireworks. So unless you were on Fayetteville Street, the fireworks were blocked by the buildings.

In order to solve this problem and make the fireworks more visible, they shot off fireworks on Fayetteville Street, and just outside the “skyscrapers” by Red Hat Amphitheater at a greater height.

The view from south of downtown that illustrates the firework setup this year.

The view from south of downtown that illustrates the firework setup this year.

Perfect! Worked out just great and opened up viewership to so many other people from many other angles. Well done City of Raleigh!

Here are some of my favorite shots from that night. I was on a tripod with my D600 and a remote release and exposures ranged from four to ten seconds. See the full gallery here and buy some prints!

Fireworks in downtown Raleigh.

Fireworks in downtown Raleigh.

Fireworks in downtown Raleigh this year.

Fireworks in downtown Raleigh this year.

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