The time has come once again for the festive 4th of July fireworks, where families all over America gather together to celebrate, eat good BBQ food and watch the fireworks like they do every year to keep up with patriotic traditions.
But has anyone once stopped to think what exactly makes up the 4th of July fireworks or what they actually look like on the inside?
Apparently photographer Andrew Waits did while everyone else was dashing to vendors to get bargain deals on cherry bombs, bottle rockets, firecrackers and roman candles to blow up later in the day.
For his 'Boom City' series, Waits catalogs the different fireworks sold north of Seattle, Washington in the Tulalip reservation. Captured against a stark black backdrop, the fireworks take center stage right before they are lit up.