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


America is back! Fireworks fill the sky in DC to the backdrop of the Washington Monument and NYC prepares for its biggest display EVER as COVID restrictions are lifted and a weary nation celebrates

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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

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

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

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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