With enchanting firework displays, fairs, and numerous other activities held to celebrate America, New Yorkers, on Sunday soaked in the return of normalcy, after almost two years of facing the vicious pandemic.

Heading to beaches, parks, and numerous prime spots for watching fireworks —New Yorkers were rendered free of the lockdowns, social distancing, and masks, as they truly celebrated a sentiment of freedom on Sunday. 

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One of the biggest attractions in New York, Macy’s 45th annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular was back this year after being canceled by the pandemic in 2020. The event began last night at around 8 p.m. with a televised two-hour special on NBC featuring performances by Tori Kelly, Black Pumas, Coldplay, OneRepublic, Reba McEntire, and more.

Then came the iconic fireworks that illuminated the New York skyline around 9:25 p.m. with more than 65,000 shells and effects being launched from five barges positioned on the East River. The show was displayed with the rhythm of classic patriotic tunes including “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.”

At the Empire State Plaza, people gathered to listen to live music, eat food from local vendors, and even get vaccinated at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic there.

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