Locals gathered for a whale of a time near “Tahku,” the whale sculpture under shimmering lights and loud booms for the annual firework display over Gastineau Channel. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Locals gathered for a whale of a time near “Tahku,” the whale sculpture under shimmering lights and loud booms for the annual firework display over Gastineau Channel. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Juneau celebrates the Fourth of July

Bright lights in the big city.

As the clock struck midnight, Juneau welcomed the Fourth of July with sounds much louder than a chiming clock.

The City and Borough Juneau’s annual fireworks show lit up the recently darkened sky over the Gastineau Channel with a thunderous display that lasted over 20 minutes.

See photos from the event below.

With a midnight start on July 4, the fireworks show over Gastineau Channel is a much-anticipated tradition in the capital city with locals gathering across the water that seperates Juneau and Douglas Island. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

With a midnight start on July 4, the fireworks show over Gastineau Channel is a much-anticipated tradition in the capital city with locals gathering across the water that seperates Juneau and Douglas Island. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Fireworks boom for more than 20 minutes to start the July 4 festivities in Juneau. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Fireworks boom for more than 20 minutes to start the July 4 festivities in Juneau. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

The show ended with an array of fireworks bursting in synch while onlookers clapped and cheered under the light. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

The show ended with an array of fireworks bursting in synch while onlookers clapped and cheered under the light. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

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