***NOTE: CHECK BAPS WEBSITE FOR TIME CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER***
The annual Hindu New Year's celebration (Diwali) will take place at the BAPS Mandir in Lilburn on Wednesday, November 7th. The fireworks are scheduled for around 7:30 p.m., but you'll want to get there MUCH earlier to secure a good spot. I would recommend getting there at least 6:00. (I can't emphasize enough that you need to get there early -- if you show up too late you won't get in.) SPS members have shot this event the last several years and had a great time. For directions and additional information, you can go to the temple's website: http://www.baps.org/Global-Network/North-America/Atlanta/Upcoming-Events.aspx (http://www.baps.org/Global-Network/North-America/Atlanta.aspx). If you want to get an idea of what to expect, I have several galleries from past Diwali celebrations on my SmugMug site at: https://milsteen.smugmug.com/Events.
You are welcome to use a tripod and shoot the exterior of the Mandir (temple) and the reflecting pool from the plaza level before the fireworks start, but no photography is allowed inside the temple itself. (You should, however, go inside the temple -- it is amazing!) Folks typically gather at the end of the reflecting pool -- just look for the row of tripods! If anyone has any questions, let me know.
PLEASE READ: Parking will not be available on the temple grounds and in the past folks have been advised NOT to park in the shopping center across the street lest they be towed. The temple has arranged for free parking at 6100 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker, GA 30084, which is about a mile and a half from the campus. A free shuttle will run to transport visitors to and from the temple.
I'll post some fireworks tips in the comments below.