Across the United States, people erupted in spontaneous celebration on Saturday as Joe Biden secured enough votes to be declared the 46th President. Moved by the announcement of his win, called by numerous news organizations Saturday morning as Biden’s electoral college surged past 270 needed to win, many took to the streets—to dance, honk horns and bang on pots and pans.
The spontaneous celebrations were aimed at ushering in a new era of American political leadership. In Washington, D.C., thousands gathered along Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House, where peaceful protestors were tear gassed earlier this summer. Now, five months later, people popped champagne, waved “You’re fired!” cardboard signs, and sang American classics together. “Sweet Caroline, good times