Star-Spangled Spectacular: Dazzling start to the holiday

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CLEVELAND -- The 25th annual Star-Spangled Spectacular provided a dazzling start to the July 4th holiday in Cleveland.

Over the years, the free event has drawn anywhere from 10 to 80 thousand people.

This year, thousands of people travelled from across Northeast Ohio to Public Square Wednesday night to hear the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra perform patriotic songs and to watch the city skyline light up with a pyrotechnic extravaganza.

Norma Janiak from Brooklyn Heights said she never misses the show. “Oh it’s just a treat. I love the Cleveland Orchestra.”

From veteran attendees like Norma to first timers, there was something for everyone, including a sort of “melting pot” of gourmet food trucks; and although the clouds looked threatening, the weather was perfect for the fireworks grand finale.

Organizers said this truly is the "people's party" because the celebration is supported by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through a  public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

If you missed the event, the Cleveland Foundation announced on FOX 8 News in the Morning on Wednesday- a special surprise, which they also revealed to the crowd downtown: Another free Cleveland Orchestra concert under the stars is planned for July 20th at Blossom. They said 15,000 tickets will be given away for free on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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