Fall of Berlin Wall’s 25th anniversary: fireworks, music and 7000 Balloons

BERLIN, GERMANY – The Brandenburg Gate lights up the night with fireworks along with 7000 illuminating balloons during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the 15km Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 in Berlin.

The wall once divided the city into two parts: communist East and capital West and the fall of the wall symbolized freedom and the end of the cold war.

Communists of East Germany built the wall with guard towers and deadly traps in 1961 to prevent their people (East Germans) from defecting west.

Fireworks light up the Brandenburg Gate during the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

A man balances on a bridge railing as people gather to see the fireworks near Boesebruecke bridge in Bornholmer Strasse, where 25 years ago thousands of East Germans first crossed unimpeded though a gate of the Berlin Wall into West Berlin.

Singer Anna Loos and German band Silly perform in front of the Brandenburg Gate during the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

German band Clueso performs in front of Brandenburg Gate at 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Visitors walk by the East Side Gallery, a section of the former Berlin Wall during celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

Visitors walk by the former Berlin Wall now called the East Side Gallery during the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

A kid on bike stops to take a look at the artwork on the former Berlin Wall now known as the East Side Gallery.

Visitors photograph graffiti on the East Side Wall by Dmitri Vrubel of General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev and East German General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party Erich Honecker kissing under the words, in Russian, ‘Pomogi mne vyzhit’ sredi etoy smertnoy lyubvi,’ or ‘My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love,’ based on a photograph by Regis Bossu in East Berlin from October 7, 1979.

Performer scales the East Side Gallery that used to be the Berlin Wall during celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

People walking by artwork on the old Berlin Wall now called the East Side Gallery during the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

A woman holding a balloon while walking by artwork on the old Berlin Wall now called the East Side Gallery during the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

A woman walking with camera phone with tripod next to the East Side Gallery which is the former Berlin Wall during celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

A man takes a picture of the the year 1989 that is painted the on East Side Gallery commemorating the year the Berlin Wall fell.

A couple arm-in-arm stop to take a look at the art work on the East Side Gallery (former Berlin Wall) while an accordion player makes music down the sidewalk from them during the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

A photo of the guard tower was taken on the East Side Gallery (former Berlin Wall) during  the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

Hulda, three-years-old, places a flower between slats of the former Berlin Wall at the Berlin Wall Memorial at Bernauer Strasse on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

People gather at Brandenburg Gate as illuminated helium balloons are let go during the event named ‘Lichtgrenze’ (Light wall), part of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Brandenburg Gate with light show at 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Brandenburg Gate with light show at 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Thousands of people gather at the Brandenburg Gate to see light show during the event ‘Lichtgrenze (Light wall).

Thousands of people gather at the Brandenburg Gate to see fireworks during the event ‘Lichtgrenze (Light wall).

Thousands of people gather at the Brandenburg Gate to see fireworks during the event ‘Lichtgrenze (Light wall).

Mikhail Gorbachev, Russian’s last Soviet leader, waves before releasing a balloon for the start of event Light Border (Lichtgrenze ).

Balloon releases in the air along with the event, Light Border (Lichtgrenze ) during a Street Party organized by the German Government.

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