The United States of America turned 240 years old yesterday and, as usual, New York City threw the biggest party.

More than one million people saw the 40th annual Macy's Fireworks over the East River, and while some fancy folks enjoyed roof access and VIP boat parties, far more endured long security lines, hours of waiting on the pavement, a couple of quick drenchings in the evening, and the general crush of humanity.

Grand finale #eastvillage #nycskyline #july4 #fourthofjuly #macys #🇺🇸

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Emoji fireworks! 🙂😍😝🎆 (📷: @chungjen)

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Great view for the fireworks from @hornblowerny

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But this is a NYC tradition, and even if the view from the cheap seats wasn't perfect, once the show began and all those smartphone videos were being taken, it all seemed worthwhile. Right?!

Here are some photos of the gathering crowds on and the fireworks from the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Bridge Park, South Street Seaport, the Alfred E. Smoth Houses, and underneath the FDR along the East River Esplanade—plus a few other spectacular pictures and videos.