|A star burst from the town fireworks display|
Fortunately for me, the Missus isn't all that partial to large crowds either, so when we went out to scout the location in the afternoon we found where the public venue was being set up, and more importantly we found out where the fireworks were going to be launched from. It turns out there is a large empty field with an unobstructed view of the launch site about a mile away, really a perfect distance to photograph from. We also scouted out an alternate about two miles away in case the field was going to be closed.
The show was scheduled to start at 9:00pm, so we arrived about a half hour early to set up and found that there were several families out in the same field, but there was plenty of room and the session went well. We both got some nice shots and it was a pleasant evening.
Settings: Camera was on a tripod, set to ISO 200, 75mm lens (150mm full frame equivalent), f/8, 4 second exposures.