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Americans July Fourth with a bang as fireworks light up the night sky in New York and Washington DC

Magnificent July 4 fireworks fill the sky over NYC in the Big Apple’s biggest EVER display after DC enjoyed a 25 minute show as nation celebrates lifting of COVID restrictions

  • Crowds in Washington, D.C. celebrated America’s 245th birthday with a monumental fireworks display
  • This year holds special significance as the country slowly returns to a sense of normalcy after nearly a year and a half of lockdowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The fireworks were set off near the Lincoln Memorial just after 9pm with New York City following at 9:25pm
  • Fireworks were launched from five barges in New York City’s East River to crowds gathered in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn

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Americans marked their nation’s 245th birthday on Sunday night with fireworks a year after the pandemic forced the cancellation of nearly all celebrations last year.

As always, fireworks displays are the highlight of the July Fourth holiday. 

One of the biggest pyrotechnic shows in the country blasted off over the National Mall in Washington just after 9pm.

In Washington, President Joe Biden held a 1,000 person July Fourth celebration on the White House lawn with essential workers and military families. 

On New York’s East River, 50 pyrotechnicians spent days loading more than 65,000 shells on five barges to wow audiences watching the spectacular show either in person or on television. The display is presented by Macy’s department store.

Lighting up the night’s sky not only delights crowds but restore a lifelines this year for the businesses that supply the 16,000 July Fourth fireworks displays that typically occur in cities and towns across the country. Last year, only a few went on with the show. 

One of the biggest pyrotechnic shows in the country blasted off over the National Mall in Washington

Red, white and blue fireworks filled the skies over National Mall

Red, white and blue fireworks filled the skies over National Mall

US President Joe Biden (2nd L), First Lady Jill Biden (2nd R), daughter Ashley Biden (R) and granddaughters Finnegan Biden (L) and Naomi Biden watch fireworks from the White House during Independence Day celebrations in Washington, DC

US President Joe Biden (2nd L), First Lady Jill Biden (2nd R), daughter Ashley Biden (R) and granddaughters Finnegan Biden (L) and Naomi Biden watch fireworks from the White House during Independence Day celebrations in Washington, DC

US President Joe Biden (2nd L), First Lady Jill Biden (3rd L), daughter Ashley Biden (2nd R) and granddaughters Finnegan Biden (L), Naomi Biden (3rd R) and Maisy Biden (R) watch fireworks from the White House

US President Joe Biden (2nd L), First Lady Jill Biden (3rd L), daughter Ashley Biden (2nd R) and granddaughters Finnegan Biden (L), Naomi Biden (3rd R) and Maisy Biden (R) watch fireworks from the White House

Red, white and blue fireworks filled the skies over the East River of Manhattan

Red, white and blue fireworks filled the skies over the East River of Manhattan

The Macy's fireworks spectacular is seen on Sunday night in New York City

The Macy’s fireworks spectacular is seen on Sunday night in New York City

This year's celebration was larger and longer, running at 25 minutes

This year’s celebration was larger and longer, running at 25 minutes

The Washington Monument was bathed in fireworks of all shapes and sizes on Sunday night

The Washington Monument was bathed in fireworks of all shapes and sizes on Sunday night 

Both the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial can be seen clearly as fireworks rain down on both landmarks

Both the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial can be seen clearly as fireworks rain down on both landmarks 

The South Portico of the White House is illuminated with the colors of the US national flag during a celebration of Independence Day

The South Portico of the White House is illuminated with the colors of the US national flag during a celebration of Independence Day

The Capitol can be seen with fireworks blasting off around it

The Capitol can be seen with fireworks blasting off around it

Television cameras managed to capture the majesty of the occasion

Television cameras managed to capture the majesty of the occasion 

Shots from a nearby helicopter gave another perspective of the impressive fireworks display

Shots from a nearby helicopter gave another perspective of the impressive fireworks display

A couple hugs as visitors wait prior to watching the Independence Day fireworks display near the Lincoln Memorial

A couple hugs as visitors wait prior to watching the Independence Day fireworks display near the Lincoln Memorial

People await the firework show in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in celebration of Independence Day

People await the firework show in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in celebration of Independence Day 

Gilbert Rodriguez, 6, from Long Beach, California; holds the US national flag on his father Eddie Rodriguez's shoulders as US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the South Lawn of the White House

Gilbert Rodriguez, 6, from Long Beach, California; holds the US national flag on his father Eddie Rodriguez’s shoulders as US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the South Lawn of the White House

People gather for the annual Independence Day fireworks celebration at the National Mall in Washington

People gather for the annual Independence Day fireworks celebration at the National Mall in Washington

People wear US flag-themed hats as visitors arrive prior to watching the Independence Day fireworks display near the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall

People wear US flag-themed hats as visitors arrive prior to watching the Independence Day fireworks display near the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall 

President Joe Biden speaks during a Fourth of July BBQ event to celebrate Independence Day at the South Lawn of the White House July

President Joe Biden speaks during a Fourth of July BBQ event to celebrate Independence Day at the South Lawn of the White House July

Guests listen to U.S. President Joe Biden's remarks during a Fourth of July BBQ event to celebrate Independence Day

Guests listen to U.S. President Joe Biden’s remarks during a Fourth of July BBQ event to celebrate Independence Day

People gather for the annual Independence Day fireworks celebration at the National Mall in Washington

People gather for the annual Independence Day fireworks celebration at the National Mall in Washington

Spectators wait for the 45th annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks display overlooking the Manhattan skyline at Gantry State Plaza in Long Island City

Spectators wait for the 45th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display overlooking the Manhattan skyline at Gantry State Plaza in Long Island City

A woman gives a 'thumbs up' while waiting for New York's fireworks on Sunday which was slated to be larger and longer, running at 25 minutes. Last year's fireworks display was spread over four nights and multiple boroughs in an effort to limit gatherings and slow the spread of COVID-19

A woman gives a ‘thumbs up’ while waiting for New York’s fireworks on Sunday which was slated to be larger and longer, running at 25 minutes. Last year’s fireworks display was spread over four nights and multiple boroughs in an effort to limit gatherings and slow the spread of COVID-19

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