I love this image of the fireworks display in Duluth from this year. 20 years ago it was a different story. On July 4, 1988 the entire fireworks display exploded, on the ground. Thankfully no one was injured. I was at Mom and Dad's house and remember saying "It sounds like they shot off all of the fireworks at once". It was quite a loud explosion as you can imagine.
One of my favorite vantage points for watching the fireworks is in the pilot house of the Edwin H. Gott. In the early 80s we were invited by the captain of the Gott, Jesse B. Cooper, and his wife Susie to view the fireworks display from the Gott, which was docked in the Duluth harbor. It was quite a spectacular sight! A little bit of trivia; Captain Cooper was one of the last people in contact with the crew of Edmund Fitzgerald.