I spent last night in Bangor again, and had the opportunity to walk down from the hotel to the waterfront to watch the fireworks display. I don't always get to see fireworks, because I'm usually working. Meaning not only on the road, but actually flying. You can actually see fireworks from altitude, but not the way you might think. If you're several miles in the air and the fireworks only a thousand feet up, you have to look down to see them (it's not like you're flying through them). So you can just look down and see bursts of color on the ground. Cool, but not as impressive as watching a fireworks display from the ground.
Happy Independence Day!
p.s. Wikipedia has a great article on the names of the different bursts. Name your favorite. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireworks