Thursday was Independence Day which meant millions of Americans across the land celebrated the country's freedom with barbecue, spending time with family, and of course fireworks. While the "Salute to America" rally in Washington, DC was very impressive in its own right, one of the neatest videos of the night came from a Los Angeles Times reporter via Twitter. Matt Hamilton was lucky (and generous) enough to share what the City of Angels looked like from a bird's eye view as hundreds of people celebrated with fireworks below.
Flying into Los Angeles on the 4th — quite the spectacle. pic.twitter.com/lT62n3VjDh— Matt Hamilton (@MattHjourno) July 5, 2019
It should be noted that fireworks, except for authorized events, are illegal in Los Angeles. But, as Young America's Foundation spokesperson Spencer Brown pointed out, that did not stop people from realizing Thomas Jefferson's dream of celebrating the Fourth of July coast to coast.
“It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more” was Thomas Jefferson’s impossible hope in 1776.— Spencer Brown (@itsSpencerBrown) July 5, 2019
In 2019 ?? pic.twitter.com/UgBUvIitvq
Here is another awesome view with some commentary from CBS Los Angeles Desmond Shaw, who says he is "blown away" by the displays of fireworks"
WATCH: Desmond Shaw is overhead as clusters of illegal fireworks light up the sky across LA pic.twitter.com/WTtOaP4sfE— CBS Los Angeles (@CBSLA) July 5, 2019