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Thousands of people watched fireworks over Sarasota Bay at Bayfront Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fireworks Spectacular at Bayfront Park

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Thousands of people watched fireworks over Sarasota Bay at Bayfront Park.

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Melanie Gonzalez, 9, plays with glow bracelets with her cousin Angel Gabriel, 9, and her little sister Leilani.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Melanie Gonzalez, 9, plays with glow bracelets with her cousin Angel Gabriel, 9, and her little sister Leilani.

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Monica Privette, 10, is visiting her grandparents from Georgia.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Monica Privette, 10, is visiting her grandparents from Georgia.

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Randy and Marge Kratzer, Darlene Gorman and Fran and George Boyan

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Randy and Marge Kratzer, Darlene Gorman and Fran and George Boyan

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Sisters Reaghan and Emorie Lawrence play with sparklers at Bayfront Park.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Sisters Reaghan and Emorie Lawrence play with sparklers at Bayfront Park.

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Richard Casper holds his six-month-old daughter Gracie and is surrounded by his son Bradley, 8, wife Catherine and son Benjamin, 5.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Richard Casper holds his six-month-old daughter Gracie and is surrounded by his son Bradley, 8, wife Catherine and son Benjamin, 5.

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Brothers Silas and London Creech play with light sabers at the fireworks show.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Brothers Silas and London Creech play with light sabers at the fireworks show.

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Stacy Snow with her son Junior Galloza and Junior’s father Hector

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Stacy Snow with her son Junior Galloza and Junior’s father Hector

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Taylor Bryant, 5, Pedro Vasquez, 11, and Rachel Gonzalez, 4

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Taylor Bryant, 5, Pedro Vasquez, 11, and Rachel Gonzalez, 4

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Maddie Mullins, 5, visited from Okeechobee.

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Maddie Mullins, 5, visited from Okeechobee.

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Joy and David Kiszak brought their children Joshua, 2, Kaye, 12, and Destiny, 3, to watch the fireworks.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Joy and David Kiszak brought their children Joshua, 2, Kaye, 12, and Destiny, 3, to watch the fireworks.

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Cooper Gorman, 9, with his quadruplet siblings Katie, Garrett, Hunter and Ryan and his dad Herbie

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Cooper Gorman, 9, with his quadruplet siblings Katie, Garrett, Hunter and Ryan and his dad Herbie

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Traffic was backed up for at least an hour as thousands of people left downtown.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Traffic was backed up for at least an hour as thousands of people left downtown.

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Deb Thull watched the fireworks with her granddaughter Jami.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Deb Thull watched the fireworks with her granddaughter Jami.

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Dwayne Barrett spent the evening watching fireworks with Devona Dower.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Dwayne Barrett spent the evening watching fireworks with Devona Dower.

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Teenagers Dominique Nwoko, Leigh Healey and Megan Griffiths played with sparklers at Bayfront Park.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Teenagers Dominique Nwoko, Leigh Healey and Megan Griffiths played with sparklers at Bayfront Park.

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Sisters Ella and Olivia Kolb played with Angelina Trevino at Bayfront Park.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Sisters Ella and Olivia Kolb played with Angelina Trevino at Bayfront Park.

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Ernie Raimond and Irene Adjan spent Independence Day watching fireworks together.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Ernie Raimond and Irene Adjan spent Independence Day watching fireworks together.

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Jennifer Lockwood watched the fireworks with her six-month-old son Wesley and thousands of spectators.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Jennifer Lockwood watched the fireworks with her six-month-old son Wesley and thousands of spectators.

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Traffic began to clear after about an hour.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Traffic began to clear after about an hour.

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