2014 D.C. fireworks: Up close and personal at the Reflecting Pool (PHOTOS)


First fireworks of the 2014 show in D.C. (Ian Livingston)

When you watch the fireworks at the edge of the Reflecting Pool you can see the mortar shells launched into the air and feel the concussions of the explosions in your chest.

The reflections of the exploding shells from above dance across the surface of the water as the ducks scurry for cover.  It’s a different experience when you watch the fireworks up close compared to seeing the display from across the Potomac River or farther back on Mall near the Capitol.  It’s bigger, louder, and brighter.

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It’s also a different experience because of the crowd. The crowds are almost as big as the booms. The revelry is something else.


Crowds fill the hill around the Washington Monument ahead of the fireworks. (Ian Livingston)

People… everywhere. (Ian Livingston)

Below is our compilation of last night’s fireworks show.  It was hard to chose a set of photos because each set of exploding fireworks produced a unique set of colors and designs.  It was a great one!


A big display in the sky over Washington! (Kevin Ambrose)
Fireworks pattern in water. (Ian Livingston)
Fireworks pattern in water. (Ian Livingston)

Shells burst high in the sky.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Ground bursts and a sparkly sky. (Ian Livingston)

Wild reflection. (Kevin Ambrose)
Multiple bursts, with one appearing a little like an American flag. (Ian Livingston)
Multiple bursts, with one appearing a little like an American flag. (Ian Livingston)

The Reflecting Pool mirrors the sky.  l(Kevin Ambrose)

Sky and water glows red on the Fourth of July in D.C. (Ian Livingston)

Red, white, and blue. (Kevin Ambrose)

A big sky burst. (Ian Livingston)

A continuous set of flares and fireworks.  (Kevin Ambrose)
Sparkly gold reflections. (Ian Livingston)
Sparkly gold reflections. (Ian Livingston)

Blue and gold sky bursts.  (Kevin Ambrose)

The crowd enjoys a powerful volley of fireworks. (Ian Livingston)

Reflections steal the show.  (Kevin Ambrose)

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Green reflections.  (Kevin Ambrose)

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The grand finale glows on the Reflecting Pool. (Kevin Ambrose)

The grand finale. (Kevin Ambrose)

Other shots from around the area

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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