With no official fireworks display in Middletown this year, residents were left to find ways to celebrate in their own way.
Downtown neighborhoods were alight with legal and some obviously illegal displays of the rockets' red glare.
And by the sounds of the sirens downtown it was a busy night for firefighters as well.
The Middletown Eye spotted this celebration in a back yard on Washington Street.
(photos by Sowgol Zakarian)