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Americafest fireworks wow crowd at Rose Bowl

July 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Americafest, the annual fireworks show at the Rose Bowl, is the largest in Southern California. It is also, without question, a crowd pleaser.

"This is really cool. I live in Alabama and in most places we're not allowed to have fireworks so this is really amazing," said young Rose Bowl goer Jasmine Swanson of Huntsville, Ala.

Families camped on the grounds surrounding the stadium for hours to enjoy the sights and sounds of the 86-year-old tradition. Many brought along cameras and iPads to record the spectacular light show.

Many say it was the perfect ending to the Independence Day celebration.

"It really made you remember why we love being Americans, which I think is the most important part, and remembering the troops, so that we remember that there are people out there fighting for our freedoms," said Eric Walsh of Pasadena.