The best part about 4th of July this year was the fireworks! That was mostly because I was going to get an opportunity to experiment more with my D5000 and take some crazy fireworks photos. And indeed, they turned out to be some of the most beautiful fireworks pictures I've ever taken. Here are the instructions I followed and some of the photos I took. :)
It took a while to get used to the fact that in these settings, the camera actually takes quite a while to record all the information and generate the preview of photograph. I got annoyed at one point because it seemed like the battery was low because nothing would happen. But the camera was in fact working on capturing the most amazing (and continuous) images of the fireworks. I am glad I realized sooner, that it was actually just fine and I needed to be more patient. That helped quite a lot.
More fireworks photos on flickr.