Crowds in Washington, D.C. capped off the nation’s 245th birthday with a monumental fireworks display at the National Mall.
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 9 p.m.
The National Park Service said the National Mall provides “prime viewing” for this year’s display – “one of the most spectacular in recent memory.”
The display will be visible in most areas throughout Washington, D.C. as well as Northern Virginia.
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Another monumental fireworks display was set to be launched from five barges in New York City’s East River at 9:25 p.m.