Vibrant colors cascaded off the Brooklyn Bridge with a crescendo of explosions and a kaleidoscope of colors.
Spectators enjoyed a truly dazzling display.
Organizers said there were some three million spectators along the East River.
Crowds packed the FDR Drive.
Many showed up hours in advance for the 9:30 p.m. show.
Barges carrying some of the 50,000 pounds of explosives were moved south of the Brooklyn Bridge as a precaution because of expected rip currents.
After five years on the West Side, the Macy's fireworks show is back on the East Side.
The theme for this year's 25-minute show was the 200th anniversary of the "Star-Spangled Banner".
It was a truly grand show with a grand finale that garnered lots of amazement.
Macy's says more than 1,600 shells were launched per minute.
One World Trade Center marked the holiday by lighting its 400-foot antenna red, white and blue.
(Some information from the Associated Press)