I am a sucker for fireworks. So when I heard that Boston had a display in the harbor during Labor Day Weekend, I set about planning to visit. The event was sponsored by “Boston Harbor Now,” which I learned is the name of the result of a merger between the Boston Harbor Association and Harbor Island Alliance. (By the way, the horizontal small streak in the sky at right is an airplane departing Logan Airport). (Click on an image for higher resolution view).
It seems that there were three recommended public spots to observe the event: Columbus Park in the North End, Fan Pier at Fort Point Channel, and Piers Park in East Boston.
I wanted to find a viewing angle that had the fireworks in the foreground and the lighted skyline of Boston in the background. This isn't it.
I couldn't quite figure out where to do that from so I just went to Fan Pier since I know there is a good view of the city and the harbor even though they don't necessarily align for the fireworks. (See yesterday's post for city views at this link).
Many vessels were crowded with spectators, anchored in prime viewing spots.
It turns out, however, that I was lucky rather than good by choosing Fan Pier.
As I was noticing the drifting smoke from the explosions, this beautiful two-masted sailing ship with tourists aboard came motoring right into my field of view giving me an extraordinary image opportunity.
I couldn't have posed it any better if I tried - except I would have had them raise the sails.
As it inched along, the fireworks tended to be white light which helped to illuminate the smoke clouds.
But quickly the moment passed, as the ship moved out of position.
And I am left enjoying the smoke and explosions. I think next year I'll try Piers Park in East Boston for a different viewing angle!