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Obligatory 4th of July Post

Fresh off the 2012 Fourth of July celebrations in Boston, here’s an obligatory post featuring fireworks and patriotism, with a dash of inclement weather for variety.

Being on fireworks duty for the Herald meant camping out along the river well in advance of the fireworks show — I’m talking about a 4:30 arrival for a 10:30 show. A lot of people come down to see this show, and if you don’t stake out a piece of real estate, you might not get an ideal shooting position.

At least that’s the theory, because a simple plan like that can get turned upside down when the Mass. State Police decide to issue an evacuation order because of impending lighting storms. Tasked with getting evacuation photos, while finding a dry, secure location after making a few friends along the way, I managed to get everything I needed from the event and got a nice soaking during the fireworks show for good measure.

But despite all of that, I had a blast. Here are the photos.

Cambridge, Mass. -- Fireworks explode over the Charles River at Boston's 2012 Fourth of July celebration. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2012 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Fireworks explode over the Charles River at Boston's 2012 Fourth of July celebration.

Cambridge, Mass. -- Adam and Jo Bookatz of Cambridge huddle under an umbrella as the rain pours down during the fireworks portion of Boston's 2012 Fourth of July celebration. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2012 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Adam and Jo Bookatz of Cambridge huddle under an umbrella as the rain pours down during the fireworks portion of Boston's 2012 Fourth of July celebration.

Cambridge, Mass. -- Fireworks explode over the Charles River at Boston's 2012 Fourth of July celebration. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2012 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Fireworks explode over the Charles River at Boston's 2012 Fourth of July celebration.

Cambridge, Mass. -- Eric Sherman, 13, of Pittsford, Vt., tracks the weather from under an overhang at an MIT building during an evacuation order from the Mass. State Police as thunderstorms moved through the area during Boston's 2012 Fourth of July celebration. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2012 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Eric Sherman, 13, of Pittsford, Vt., tracks the weather from under an overhang at an MIT building during an evacuation order from the Mass. State Police as thunderstorms moved through the area during Boston's 2012 Fourth of July celebration.

Cambridge, Mass. -- Hundreds of attendees walk down Ames Street after the Mass. State Police issued an evacuation order due to thunderstorms at Boston's 2012 Fourth of July celebration. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2012 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Hundreds of attendees walk down Ames Street after the Mass. State Police issued an evacuation order due to thunderstorms at Boston's 2012 Fourth of July celebration.

Cambridge, Mass. -- Judy and Eric Coughlin of Northboro huddle under an overhang at MIT as they wait out an evacuation order from the Massachusetts State Police as thunderstorms move through during the Boston Pops Fourth of July celebration. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2012 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Judy and Eric Coughlin of Northboro huddle under an overhang at MIT as they wait out an evacuation order from the Massachusetts State Police as thunderstorms move through during the Boston Pops Fourth of July celebration.

And of course, 6 hours is a long time to be sitting around waiting for some fireworks to start. This is just one of the things I found folks doing to keep themselves occupied.

Cambridge, Mass. -- Madeline Cleverly, 7, of Shrewsbury, skips rope along Memorial Drive for Boston's 2012 Fourth of July celebration. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2012 -- CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Madeline Cleverly, 7, of Shrewsbury, skips rope along Memorial Drive for Boston's 2012 Fourth of July celebration.

Found Lacking

It was a rough afternoon for the Red Sox on America’s birthday. Left in a deep hole by starting pitcher John Lackey — down 7 runs after 2 1/3 — the Sox just couldn’t dig themselves out, falling 2 runs shy in a 9-7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. From a photo standpoint, it wasn’t a bad game to shoot. Unlike the Brewers game I shot the week before, the Red Sox continued to fight it out and keep the action going throughout the game. Sure, it stretched the game out that much longer — not something my body appreciated while baking in a shadeless 90+ degree photo pit for 3+ hours — but at least I think got some pictures that accurately captured the mood and frustration of the home town team. Bonus!

Here are some of my selects:

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey pitches to the Blue Jays in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey pitches to the Blue Jays in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew can't get to a foul ball in right field in the first inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew can't get to a foul ball in right field in the first inning against the Blue Jays on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury breaks up a double play attempt from Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury breaks up a double play attempt from Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill in the first inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox starter John Lackey looks to the sky after ending the second inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox starter John Lackey looks to the sky after ending the second inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox starter John Lackey looks to the outfield as Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind runs around him after scoring in the third inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox starter John Lackey looks to the outfield as Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind runs around him after scoring in the third inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Kevin Youkilis is taken out of the game after being struck by a pitch in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Kevin Youkilis is taken out of the game after being struck by a pitch in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew reacts after striking out to end the sixth inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew reacts after striking out to end the sixth inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after getting doubled up in the seventh inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after getting doubled up in the seventh inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Blue Jays shortstop John McDonald slides in safely ahead of the tag from Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the eighth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Blue Jays shortstop John McDonald slides in safely ahead of the tag from Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the eighth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox shortstop tries to make a play from his back in vain against the Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. The Blue Jays won, 9-7. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox shortstop tries to make a play from his back in vain against the Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. The Blue Jays won, 9-7.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after striking out with a man in scoring position in the ninth inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. The Blue Jays won, 9-7. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after striking out with a man in scoring position in the ninth inning against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. The Blue Jays won, 9-7.

But, the afternoon wasn’t a total drag. The family of U.S. Navy Petty Ofc. Bridget Lydon was treated to a surprise visit from their sailor, who serves aboard the USS Ronald Reagan — that’s the boat that handled Osama Bin Laden’s burial at sea, by the way. In Fenway fashion, Lydon threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and guessing from her reaction, loved every minute of it!

Boston, Mass. -- U.S. Navy Petty Ofc. Bridget Lydon, who serves aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, celebrates after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

7/4/2011 -- BOSTON -- U.S. Navy Petty Ofc. Bridget Lydon, who serves aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, celebrates after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park on July 4, 2011.

Rockets’ Red Glare

Happy Birthday, America!

Here’s a few photos from my spot shooting fireworks as part of the Herald’s Fourth of July coverage. I camped out on the Longfellow Bridge to get the fireworks exploding above the Charles River, hoping to get some cool shots of the boats on the water with the sky lit up.

One major observation, though — A lot of people come to see this! I’m glad I set up shop shortly before 7 p.m., otherwise I wouldn’t have had a decent spot when the show started at 10:30 p.m. The waiting, well, that’s a whole other matter entirely.

7.4.2010 — BOSTON — Spectators take in the fireworks from the Longfellow Bridge during the 2010 Fourth of July celebration.

7.4.2010 — BOSTON— Fireworks explode above the Charles River during the city's 2010 Fourth of July celebrations.


7.4.2010 — BOSTON — A pair of daring spectators take in the fireworks from the Longfellow Bridge during the 2010 Fourth of July celebration.


7.4.2010 — BOSTON — Fireworks explode above the Charles River during the city's 2010 Fourth of July celebrations.


7.4.2010 — BOSTON — Spectators take in the fireworks from the Longfellow Bridge during the 2010 Fourth of July celebration.