Blast from the park! Crowds watch July 4 fireworks in Brooklyn’s front yard

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Ooooh: Spectators stand transfixed as fireworks light up the sky.
Lit by the rockets’ red glar: Naqua Cohran holds Skylar Nicholson as the two watch the Independence Day fireworks display.
Ka-pow!: Fireworks light the night sky on July 4 as spectators gaze from Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Taste of America: Lea Coulet, Roxane Cosnard des Closets, and Cecilia Cosnard des Closets, all from France, enjoy the fireworks display.
Dazzling: Fireworks light up the East River.
View from the park: Misha Murr, Drew Nitsche, Derrick Nitsche, and Stephanie Haddad enjoy the show.
BOOM: Fireworks obscure the measly, distant Manhattan skyline.
Aaaah: Independence Day fireworks explode above the East River, visible from the roof of the Gowanus Houses.
Up in the air: Pyrotechnic magic hides the distant Manhattan skyline.

Fans of patriotic pyrotechnics gathered by the thousands in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday to celebrate Independence Day and “oooh” and “aaah” as fireworks exploded above the East River.

Onlookers cheered as Macy’s annual display of razzle and dazzle lit up the night sky, obscuring the distant Manhattan skyline behind bursts of red, white, and blue.

The extravaganza marked the second year in a row that the display has been visible to Brooklynites, after Mayor DeBlasio — a former denizen and representative of Park Slope — last year convinced the retail giant to move its display back to the East River, following five years of entertaining New Jerseyans on the Hudson.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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