I feel lucky to live in a great big city like New York. I mean, where else could I get to see such an amazing world-class fireworks display for the 4th of July (Independence Day for the USA) against a background of the Manhattan skyline? It’s been a tradition for years now to go and watch the fireworks first hand and this year was no different.
Armed with my new camera, I made my way to Brooklyn Bridge Park, the premiere viewing spot for this year’s fireworks extravaganza, which finally returned to the East River after years in the Hudson. I was nervous though…the weather had been crappy all day. But it was starting to show signs of clearing up, something I hardly believed when I looked towards the Brooklyn Bridge…
Thankfully the skies cleared and before too long, the New York Fire Department had boats going up the East River spewing water as if it were a floating fountain. Some of the streams were even red, white and blue. Very patriotic, eh?
Thankfully, we were treated to a gorgeous sunset. And I gotta tell ya, in the 7 years that I’ve lived in NYC, I still never get tired of that skyline view!
As sunset turned to dusk and the skyline started to light up, I couldn’t help but notice that some buildings were looking awfully patriotic. The Empire State Building donned red, white and blue lighting, but the new World Trade Center almost one-upped them, with the Stars and Stripes of the American flag on its antenna!
See that barge with the Macy’s sign up there? That’s one of three barges that fireworks were launching from! Finally the time arrived for the nationally televised fireworks display, which began with quite a “boom!” And, oh man, it was awesome!
In fact, we were so close that I could feel the sound waves hitting my clothes! It was pretty wild!
This year even the Brooklyn Bridge got in on the action, serving as a fireworks launching point.
What about you?
Are you American? If so, how did you celebrate 4th of July?