Burlington celebrating the birth of the nation

Published: Jul. 3, 2022 at 11:19 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 4, 2022 at 6:32 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - In Burlington, celebrating the birth of the nation means fun.

“Fireworks and boating and fun!” said young Landon from St. Johnsbury.

Thousands of people and around a dozen vendors spent Sunday at the waterfront enjoying the fireworks after spending the day downtown.

“We’ve all discussed how we want to move here,” said Emily Sayers, a visitor from New Jersey.

Those ending the day with a bang say watching the fireworks is a tradition that keeps them coming back.

“They’re pretty,” said Nevaeah Jeffrey of Jericho.

This year’s show consisted of more than 3,000 shells and 8,000 effects. Northstar Fireworks says they’ve spent hundreds of hours of labor on this show, one they’ve been preparing for since last year’s holiday.

“The last couple of years with COVID we’ve been trying to shoot larger shells to get them higher so people can be more spread out, but now expecting more crowds on the waterfront this year we decided for more of an artistic approach,” said Tom Swenson from Northstar Fireworks.

Burlington was ready for the show but welcomed visitors, too.

“To see all the wonderful tourists and people here visiting Burlington, I’ve never seen so many people. It is wonderful!” said Linda Aronsson of Shelburne.

Burlington’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront says last year’s pandemic return was a bit smaller with parking lot spots free until around 6 p.m. This year, Director Cindi Wight says every lot was full by 3 p.m.

“This year we have all our international friends coming down from Montreal and the rest of Canada and then also overseas. So great numbers here in Burlington,” said Wight.

Here’s a look at the Burlington fireworks!

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