SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - People came in the thousands to Springfield's River Front Park. They came to eat, be with family, and to have fun.
"I really want to see the fireworks and the Commodores. I like the singing and all the snacks and everything," said Madison Newman of Springfield.
Patriotic pride was on full display. "This is what it's all about. Red White & Blue," said Rex Young of Springfield.
However, the main attraction was the fireworks. They lit up the night sky, dazzling the more than 100,000 people that were estimated to be watching.
"Unfortunately Hartford had to cancel their fireworks, so we're expecting people from down there as well," said Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt.
Earlier in the day it was hot. With temperatures above 90-degrees, but the weather wasn't enough to deter the American spirit of the many people who came to River Front Park early. They sat throughout the mid-day sun to stake their claim to the best spot on the river.
"I've always loved the fireworks, I've been coming here for about 33 years. Since my oldest daughter was young. We started it as a family tradition," said Patricia Ngyuen of Lee.
A tradition that continued for her and thousands of other families who spent the night celebrating American Independence with a pyrotechnics display that always draws big crowds.