For the first time in years I was able to go home for the 3rd and 4th of July and spend it with my family. The third of July is probably a bigger deal here than the fourth. We live near one of the smaller Finger Lakes with tons of lake front cottages. Every year the houses line the water front with flares and shoot off fireworks during the Ring of Fire. The Ring of Fire comes with BBQ's by the lake with family and friends and horrible traffic on narrow country roads. I had to dig deep into my memory to figure out the back-roads to get home in any sort of reasonable amount of time. The Fourth is a more low key day, especially in the 95F and humid heatwave we had. One of the advantages of living out in the country is that a lot of people will shoot off their own fireworks during the encouraged lawlessness of the holiday. I took advantage of our own firework display to try out some of the firework photography tips I picked up this week from Bethany (Beers and Beans).