Hello and a very happy Monday morning to you all! The weather has not been very cooperative over the past week and with the 4th of July coming on a Thursday made travel plans a little difficult for most individuals traveling to celebrate the holiday. Lucky for us the weather in Huntsville was cooperative enough to allow all of the Independence Day festivities to take place.

The Independence Day festivities started the previous weekend at Ditto Landing with AL200 Bicentennial festivities and Ditto’s exceptional fireworks show. Celebrations continued throughout the week with fireworks displays both public and private appearing in the sky all over Huntsville.

I look forward to any holiday where we officially celebrate with huge fireworks displays and the 4th of July is usually one of the best. It offers the prefect crescendo to remind of us why this day is so important to our very existence and history as Americans. And for as long as I have lived in Huntsville, there is no better place for watching fireworks then at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center with all of the historical space artifacts as the background. As a photographer, I find it to be one of the most magical locations and magical evenings. Like a lot of people I turn into a kid with a camera when it comes to fireworks. Even with the threat of rain people turned out in mass to catch the beauty of the Space Center accentuated by the fireworks display.

From the very first jettison skyward to the final blast it is truly a spectacular event with the Shuttle and the Saturn rockets standing tall as the fireworks burst into an amazing array of colors and designs. Every year I plan to come home early from a day of sailing at Lake Guntersville to capture the majesty of the moment. And to say the least I am never disappointed with the backdrop of space artifacts complimented by the dazzling array of fireworks as they explode above the museum.

And what better ways to celebrate the 4th than to have “Lady Liberty” make a special appearance to compliment the festivities. The ever beautiful and very patriotic Ms. Jessica White.

I hope yours was a very festive and visual 4th! ENJOY!