The announcement that Democrat Joe Biden has won the presidential election sparked spontaneous street celebrations around the country on Saturday.
Within minutes of the race being called a cheering crowd descended on New York City’s Times Square. The sounds of car horns, people banging pots and pans, cheers and applause were heard.
Crowds also gather at Grand Army Plaza, Columbus Circle, Washington Square Park, but thousands also flooded neighborhood streets to join in collective celebration.
In Washington D.C. a crowd at Black Lives Matter plaza outside the White House erupted in cheers. Chants of “USA” and “This is what democracy looks like” broke out as one woman popped a bottle of champagne and sprayed it over the crowd.
Celebrations also erupted in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Chicago where one video showed a person outside cheering and banging a pot while a child with a tambourine broke out into a dance.
In a statement, Biden said: “I am honored and humbled by the trust the American people have placed in me and in Vice-President-elect Harris … With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation.”