Fourth of July Fireworks at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club

A couple of days ago I went with some friends to see the fireworks display at Sleepy Hollow Country Club. Despite its name the club is actually in Briarcliff Manor, not Sleepy Hollow.

I’m not really fond of fireworks displays. My view is pretty much that “once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all”. Also, I once watched a fireworks display from a boat in New York Bay. It was really incredible, and I suspect that a display in Briarcliff Manor would not surpass that.

Anyway, last year my friends persuaded me to go with them to the same display. It was really quite special. The fireworks are let off well away from the Sleepy Hollow Country Club. This is very close to where we were in the St. Mary’s Church parking lot. From this position it felt like they were exploding right over our heads. Unfortunately, last year I didn’t take a camera. This time I did.

Taken with a Sony A77II and Tamron 18-250mm f3.4-6.3. I haven’t used this camera for some time, but it was the only reasonable modern camera for which I had a remote.

Happy Independence day 2022

On July 4 I was invited by some friends to go with them to a fireworks display. It seems that every year the Sleepy Hollow Country Club puts on a display and you can go down to the parking lot of a church on Route 9 (about a five minute drive) and watch it from there. I almost declined thinking that once you’ve seen one fireworks display you’ve seen them all. But I decided to go and I’m glad I did. I was right in that the display itself was just like all the others I’ve seen. What was different was the perspective from which I saw it. Usually the fireworks are set off a long way from where you’re watching and I’m sure that was the case here too – if you were watching from the Country Club. However, from where we we sitting they were being set off right next to us. It seemed like they were bursting right over our heads. Very impressive if a little scary, and I imagine not all that safe.

Note: Since I wasn’t expecting to take any pictures I didn’t take a camera with me (who was it who in answer to the question “What’s the best camera” replied “The one you have with you”. The picture above was taken July 2017 at a fireworks display by the Hudson River in Ossining, NY (for more pictures see: Independence Day 2017 Fireworks on the Ossining Waterfront).

Taken with a Sony A500 and Tamron A18 AF 18-250mm f3.5-6.3

Independence Day 2017 Fireworks on the Ossining Waterfront

Better late than never!

I’d tried taking photographs of fireworks before, but I’d never really prepared properly (merely using whatever camera I had with me). Predictably the results were not particularly good. This time I took a bit more care, bringing along a tripod and a shutter release cord. I’m much happier with these.

Picnic while waiting for the show to start.

Additional Fireworks pictures below. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.

Taken with a Sony Alpha 500 and Tamron A18 AF 18-250mm f3.5-6.3