New York City celebrates 235th Independence Day with fireworks

15:00, July 05, 2011      

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Fireworks display light up the sky over the Hudson River in the celebrations of the U.S. Independence Day in New York July 4, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhu Wei)

New York City celebrated America's 235th Independence Day with a 25-minute fireworks show on Monday night.

The show, which was called the 35th Annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks and believed to be the country's largest of its kind, started at 9:25 p.m. over the Hudson River, the west waterfront of Manhattan.

More than 40,000 shells were fired from six barges floating in a line of two miles on the river, exploding on heights of about 300 meters.

This year's show was themed "Gift of Freedom" to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.

Amanda Walter, a college student who came from Texas, said the event reminded her of the hardships American people had been through to gain independence.

"It's the fourth time I came to watch the show. I'm so proud to be an American whenever I saw the amazing fireworks," she said.

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