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All summer long, fireworks decorate the night sky like gems.
Those bursts of jewel-tone colors make us exclaim and applaud not only because they’re beautiful, but because they are ephemeral: Here one moment, spreading vibrant patterns across the sky, and then flickering out a few seconds later. How emblematic of summer: Such an intense season, and the one that seems to pass by most quickly.
Enjoy it while it lasts.
Municipalities, amusement parks, county fairs and other fun-loving entities schedule fireworks around Independence Day, first and foremost. But you’ll find them crackling in the sky throughout the season. It’s Friday night! Ka-boom! It’s Thursday night! Whiz, bang! Any excuse will do.
Fireworks are astonishing no matter where they explode. But for the most oohs and ahhs, watch them burst over water, be it the ocean, bay, river or lake. You get double the effect: First, the colors reach into the cool, black sky, and then a shimmering reflection spreads color over the water. Even the fireflies will be impressed.
Your strategy should be to arrive early, no matter where you’re going. Scout out an unobstructed view and plant your picnic blanket or chair on the ground before the sun sets. Some displays, like those at Tuckerton Seaport, Six Flags Great Adventure or any of the boardwalks, are preceded by festivals and day-long activities and attractions, so…
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