Tuesday was the night for the biggest firework show in the state.

More than 45,000 poeple were expected to view the show at Burlington’s Waterfront Park. Vermonters and visitors from out of state began setting up camp at the park early Tuesday for the best seat in the house.

Burlington has been rolling out its annual fireworks show since 1987. The Gilbert family has been celebrating at the same exact spot on the waterfront  for 20 plus years. They told us that celebrating July 3rd has brought their family and friends closer together every year.

“This is top three one of my favorite holidays just because its one of the few things that gets all of our family and friends around…it’s just a great day,” said Isiah Gilbert.