The vantage points were harder to find, but a  fireworks show on the Navesink River off a Middletown dock Friday night was no less spectacular than the old KaBoom displays in Red Bank, a half-century tradition that ended in 2011.

Now in its second year, the Family Fireworks Show, featuring some 1,500 shells launched from a barge, capped a fundraising party for Riverview Medical Center at the Navesink River Road home of Rose DiPiero.

“The main thing is that we’ve got fireworks back on the Navesink, and it’s good for the community and for a good cause,” said Dominick DiPiero III, one of the event’s hosts. (Photos by John T. Ward and Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)