ALBANY, N.Y. - Fireworks lit up the sky over the Empire State Plaza Thursday night as part of the Fourth of July festivities.
The 30 minute show has been a crowd pleaser for decades. This Independence Day, the anticipation was no different.
"It's a very good show Price Chopper and Albany put on," Diane Campisi said. "I'm proud to be close to the state Capitol, too."
Campisi and her husband live in Catskill and have been coming to the fireworks show for more than two decades.
"It's just nice being outside," she added. "The summer is too short."
On one of the nicest days of summer, people came out by the thousands wearing their red, white and blue.
Christopher James Ochs chose to show his patriotism by wearing his Marine uniform.
"It is for the country," Ochs said. "Why not show your love to serve and wear the uniform during an event like this."
Ochs, a Guilderland high school graduate, is on leave from his deployment in Japan. Ochs is only home for a few more days. He said he's happy the Fourth of July is one of them.
"The Fourth of July is one of those things they did to make this country the country it is," he said. "If not for the people who served, where would we be now?"