Back in July of 2010, I put together a simple collage of some firework photos I took on the 4th, but was never quite happy with the result (photo in comments). I finally found time to re-do it and make an actual shape out of them. I used about 50+ more fireworks than last time, and it took 10x longer to do.
✦ I am very aware that Alaska and Hawaii are missing. It was intentional, as I didn't have enough fireworks to finish the entire map. I had to settle for the mainland. Also, the "heart" was not supposed to represent either of them; it was just a cute addition that I wanted to stand out from the rest.
✦ There are clearly more fireworks in this photo than there are states. It's just a collage, not a literal representation.
✦ My inspiration to do these came from this photo, but I did not use the mentioned Petapixal application. All of the fireworks that you see in my creation are from individual photos I took myself and then manually put together via Photofiltre.
✦ Please credit. That's all.