My favorite summer flower in the garden is Gomphrena 'Fireworks'. Improbably gorgeous color that doesn't fade in our intense sun and heat. I've never seen it wilt and it returned after our recent mild winter.
Really does look like fireworks bursting out with Mexican Bird of Paradise in the background
Then there are the real fireworks from a nearby megachurch. They have a fireworks display several times a year and we typically watch from our deck. From our viewpoint the fireworks burst just below the treeline so they usually look like glowing trees.
These are from New Year's Eve. Not bad considering we don't have to go anywhere.
The cooler than average weather prompted us to walk over to the street behind the house to watch. This time we had a better view just above the treetops. The fireworks began about 9:10 right at sunset.
To get an even better view we walked another block or so over to the highway and watched the grand finale. The streetlights and car lights are a bit of a distraction for photos but it is a clearer view.
Happy Independence Day! Hope you all had a great time too!