...I photographed a night scene on the shore instead!
Impossible to try to capture all those fireworks - and frankly, way more fun to lie against cushions in the bow of our boat & simply drink it all in.
There is something magical about being out on the lake at night.
So I have to tell you that the best possible place for viewing 4th of July fireworks is not a crowd, but drifting out on Lake Norman. At any one time we could see from 3 to 5 shows on shore.
Other boats drifted silently past - all we could hear was the swoosh of the water, the pop and crackle of the shows on shore.