BALTIMORE (WJZ) — With the nation’s eyes on Baltimore, Charm City is shining on the 200th anniversary of our national anthem.

Marcus Washington has more on the moving fireworks display at Fort McHenry.

The night ended with a “bang” as the Baltimore skyline was lit up in red, white and blue. It was one of the biggest celebrations to hit Baltimore in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner.

“It’s awesome. I’m glad that they’re able to experience something like this. I think it’s something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”

The celebration brought families from near and far.

“Everybody’s coming together to be patriotic, to recognize the fact that we’re Americans and that we share a common history.”

There were also some of the top dignitaries from Baltimore, Maryland and the United States.

“Does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave,” Vice President Joe Biden said. “To state the obvious, the resounding answer is — yes.”

View Slideshow: Star-Spangled Fireworks Spectacular

A spectacular fireworks display was the highlight of the night. But there was even more that brought people out to Fort McHenry earlier in the day.

The morning rain and gloomy skies did not keep hundreds of people away from the fun that went along with the bicentennial celebration.

“We traveled 3,000 miles to get here from California and we were not about to miss this.”

It ended with a night people certainly will not forget.

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To put on that 20 minute fireworks display, it took more than 98,000 shells.

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