Description:It was a night of oohs, ahhs and pride for America the Beautiful.
On the west side of Manhattan the newly-opened Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam partied together. The crowd waited for hours in the scorching heat to see the largest fireworks show in the country. It was truly a salute to America – 40,000 people strong.
Explosions in 15 colors and 30 different shapes all fired off four barges, illuminating the surface of the Hudson River.(2:17)