When Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” premiered in London in 1749, part of the stage caught fire. The music, though, newly composed, was a hit.

It was a similar story Thursday night on Public Square, only without the fire.

Just as in Handel’s day, a fireworks display took place, but it was the music — in this case the Cleveland Orchestra and its annual “Star Spangled Spectacular” — that came out on top.

Frankly, there were no concerns about fireworks. Unlike last year, when lingering dark clouds threatened to derail the festivities, the weather Thursday was ideal, and the display, the first major show of its kind this Independence Day holiday, came off without any problems

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