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Thousands line the Hudson for the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks spectacular

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – 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.

Fireworks

The fun was truly in the air, but bystanders didn’t forget why we are celebrating this July 4th and who the Americans are that we can thank for our freedom.

“It’s a great day to celebrate America — having a day off from work and relaxing with your family and friends,” said Ian Wald from Bellmore, New York.

And as the pyrotechnic ballet played out over the Hudson, the NYPD was on high alert.  The police employed seven helicopters, 16 harbor unit boats, multiple new mobile cameras and bomb-sniffing dogs to secure the Macy’s Fourth of July 2013 Show.