Fireworks photography: using my tripod for the first time

My wife and son bought me a Manfrotto tripod for Father's Day this summer. It was my first tripod, and it was great to have for pictures of the Fourth of July fireworks on St. Pete Beach. Here are some pictures of that night. It was my first time shooting fireworks with a DSLR! I think they turned out pretty well. :) These types of shots are perfect examples of why I decided to invest in a DSLR after years of frustration with the limitations of point-and-shoot cameras.