Tens of thousands of people lined the Hudson River to enjoy the pyrotechnics show, reports CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.READ MORE: Gen. Colin Powell Remembered Fondly At His Alma Mater, CCNY, And In The Bronx, Where He Was Raised
Children were mesmerized – except for 4-year-old Skylar Foxwell, who held her ears as her sister, Aubrey, protected her.
“I’m her big sister, I guess that’s what I’m supposed to do,” 10-year-old Aubrey said.
Couples were spotted throughout the crowd, enjoying the show arm-in-arm.
“Definitely romantic,” Amber Lloyd, of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, said. “They’re doing a great job.”
Revelers lined up by the thousands, some as early as five hours ahead of time, to see the fireworks show along a closed West Side Highway.READ MORE: Some Play Blame Game As Gas Prices Reach Highest Level In Years, But There's No Dispute It's Impacting Bottom Line For Many Families
Sadid Telb, 9, was there with a full crew.
“My mom, my sister, and my dad,” he said.
Then there was Zulma Rivera, of Pomona, who was watching by herself – but was surrounded by hundreds of newfound friends.
“I got here very early to see this,” she said.
They were all there to see another year of the Macy’s fireworks – 40,000 shells in all – light up the Hudson River in a big way.
Now, though, it’s all about the massive clean-up efforts. An army of street sweepers was at the ready shortly after the show along the West Side Highway as the city prepared to get the road reopened to traffic.MORE NEWS: Scientists, Emergency Planners Conducting Air Flow Study In NYC This Week To Improve Response Protocols
Just hours after the event, the nation’s biggest and best fireworks show was just a memory – that is, until next year.