After CNN and other news organizations predicted Biden as the winner on Saturday morning when he won Pennsylvania, Biden supporters swept into the streets.
In Washington, DC, a crowd spilled onto the street in front of the White House at the Black Lives Matter Plaza, seconds after the race was called up. The nearby streets were filled with people screaming, breaking pots and pans and singing, “Nah nah nahahahahahahahahahaha, hey hey hey, goodbye.”
The celebratory crowds in the blocks around the White House created a traffic jam, with people sitting on top of cars and drivers holding hands out the windows. A man in an American flag gown walked towards the Black Lives Matter Plaza with a handwritten poster that read “Nightmare is over”;.
However, Trump was not at the White House on Saturday morning – he was playing golf at his club in Virginia when CNN and other networks called the race.
In Philadelphia, a key place in Biden’s decisive victory in Pennsylvania, cars honked, people waved Biden flags and a crowd gathered outside Philadelphia’s Town Hall. It was absurdly warm, and people spilled onto the streets with everything from coffee to brunch cocktails. Most are wearing masks.
“Biden town!” a woman yelled out of a car going down Broad Street in the downtown area. There was a constant stream of cars running by honking their horns, with people holding hands pumping out the windows.
People take turns taking their pictures under the “Good Things Happen in Philadelphia” banner.
Robert Nunez, traveling in the car with his family, stood through the skylight screaming in celebration. “The four-year nightmare was over, he cried when he learned that the Trump presidency was about to end,” Nunez said.
Crowds gathered outside the City Hall began to march towards the Hall of Independence, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed.
“We are really excited about a new transformation in the country,” said Beth Lapiene, a Temple University law school student and one of the delighted outside City Hall in Philadelphia. “We’re really excited about Kamala Harris.”
She says the days of waiting for the end result are “disturbing” and she doesn’t get a lot done at school.
Her law classmate Daniel Gordon, 24, said: “I prayed not to be called cold in class.”
A choir rang out across Broad Street, just outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center. When morning turned afternoon, the street was quiet, only occasional joggers and coffee goers or crowded by whistles and groups of people erupting in cheers.
“I’m so happy. I don’t know what to do,” said a woman near the Convention Center, tears streaming down her face.
At a red light, a man in a hatchback honked and shouted, “We made America great again!” Another man drove with a “Philadelphia Freedom” bang from his car.
In New York City, a crowd gathered outside Trump International Hotel and Tower, shouting, “No more Trump!” In Times Square, a man is playing “Hail to the Chief” on a trombone. In Brooklyn, a man is jumping on top of a car down Fulton Street.
In Chicago, crowds grew in crowds to celebrate outside Trump Tower. There were cheers and bells as the car honked past, and some people hung Biden-Harris signs on their windows.
A crowd also gathered at Freedom Park in Atlanta. Olivia Buckmon, resident of Dekalb, Georgia, said she shouted when she heard the news this morning, saying she doesn’t think Georgia will turn green “until Stacy Abrams”, who almost won the governor’s position in 2018. .
Outside Biden’s headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, a crowd was rapidly moving out of security. There are people of all ages cheering, singing and honking, and the crowd merged to sing “God Bless America.”
This story is being broken and will be updated.
CNN’s Kate Bouldan, Sara Murray, Mark Morales, Vivian Salama, Katelyn Polantz, Jessica Dean, Omar Jiminez, Scott Glover, Natasha Chen, Paul P. Murphy, and Jason Kravarik contributed to this report.