Though the crowds head to the fields off Western Way to witness the annual fireworks, the Harrison Street bridge over Carnegie Lake offers a doubling of the visual feast. The rockets' read glare is complemented perfectly by the rockets' red reflection.
I'll speculate that, if Francis Scott Key watched the bombing of Fort McHenry from across the bay, then the water's reflection of bombs bursting in air was surely part of his inspiration.
Our auditory experience may have been augmented, too, with the reflection of sound off the water providing a stereo effect.
When all was extinguished, and a full moon illuminated the sulphurous legacy, we drifted home to the quiet enchantment of fireflies in the backyard.