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

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

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)

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

People... everywhere. (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!

(Kevin Ambrose)

A big display in the sky over Washington! (Kevin Ambrose)

Fireworks pattern in water. (Ian Livingston)

Fireworks pattern in water. (Ian Livingston)

(Kevin Ambrose)

Shells burst high in the sky.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Ground bursts and a sparkly sky. (Ian Livingston)

Ground bursts and a sparkly sky. (Ian Livingston)

(Kevin Ambrose)

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)

(Kevin Ambrose)

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

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

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

(Kevin Ambrose)

Red, white, and blue. (Kevin Ambrose)

A big sky burst. (Ian Livingston)

A big sky burst. (Ian Livingston)

(Kevin Ambrose)

A continuous set of flares and fireworks.  (Kevin Ambrose)

Sparkly gold reflections. (Ian Livingston)

Sparkly gold reflections. (Ian Livingston)

(Kevin Ambrose)

Blue and gold sky bursts.  (Kevin Ambrose)

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

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

(Kevin Ambrose)

Reflections steal the show.  (Kevin Ambrose)

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(Kevin Ambrose)

(Kevin Ambrose)

(Kevin Ambrose)

(Kevin Ambrose)

Green reflections.  (Kevin Ambrose)

(Kevin Ambrose)

(Kevin Ambrose)

Grand finale.  (Kevin Ambrose)

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

The grand finale.  (Kevin Ambrose)

The grand finale. (Kevin Ambrose)

Other shots from around the area

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