The Port Canaveral Fourth of July celebration was held on Saturday, 2 July 2016, with music, food, and crafts for sale all centered around Exploration Tower. The fireworks display was fired off on the north side of the Port with viewing restricted to the south side or from a boat out on the water. Getting there early afforded a good waterside setup for photography plus watching the day come to a leisurely end.
Two juvenile Green Sea Turtles kept the crowd entertained by staying nearby throughout sunset. Note the serrated jaw. According to the National Wildlife Foundation, the juvenile Green Sea Turtle is an omnivore that eventually becomes a vegetarian in adulthood. The serrated jaw comes in handy tearing off seagrasses and other plants.
A panorama of Port Canaveral at sunset. The fireworks were shot off from a hill just beyond the twin cargo cranes on the opposite shore.
A reverse angle shot shows the last rays of the setting Sun illuminating the clouds to the east.
The fireworks display began around 9:40 p.m. and had a bit of an industrial flair with the cargo cranes in the foreground.
Happy Fourth of July!