The United States marked 238 years as a nation as it celebrated Independence Day with fireworks, food and music.

Hurricane Arthur crashed holiday parties along the East Coast without causing major damage.

Tens of thousands of people gathered to watch the fireworks show in New York City.

A brilliant 25-minute show of reds, whites and blues lit up the sky from three barges on the East River between Brooklyn and lower Manhattan.


Macy's said more than 1,600 shells were launched per minute during the display, the nation's largest.