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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.

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.

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

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

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

Maddie Mullins, 5, visited from Okeechobee.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Maddie Mullins, 5, visited from Okeechobee.

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.

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

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.

Deb Thull watched the fireworks with her granddaughter Jami.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Deb Thull watched the fireworks with her granddaughter Jami.

Dwayne Barrett spent the evening watching fireworks with Devona Dower.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Dwayne Barrett spent the evening watching fireworks with Devona Dower.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Traffic began to clear after about an hour.

Thursday, Jul. 4, 2013 |

Traffic began to clear after about an hour.

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