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  • Images of America's Celebration

    The Empire State Building, illuminated with red, white and blue lights, is seen from the Queens borough of New York, backlit by fireworks lighting up the sky over the Hudson River during the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show on July 4, 2012 in New York.
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  • Images of America's Celebration

    The night sky is illuminated by the annual 4th of July Fireworks on the National Mall as viewed from Top of the Town on July 4, 2012 in Arlington, VA.
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  • Fourth of July 2012

    Young members of Uncle Sam's Band blow kazoos during the annual I'On Community Independence Day Parade on July 4, 2012 in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
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  • Fourth of July 2012

    Cooks prepare "Stars and Stripes" desserts, fashioned as an American flag, for a buffet on July 4, 2012, before a ceremony for Independence Day celebrations at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
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  • Fourth of July 2012

    Five-time Nathan's Famous champion Joey Chestnut wins his sixth title by equaling his record of 68 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes during the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest, July 4, 2012, in the Coney Island section of New York.
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    Brianna Honish of Saint Clair, Pa., decked out in patriotic peace sunglasses, waits for the start of the Port Carbon Citizens Committee's annual Fourth of July Parade, nicknamed the "Baby Parade," in Port Carbon, Pa. July 4, 2012.
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  • Fourth of July 2012

    Candidates for naturalization take the oath of citizenship during a ceremony at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, July 4, 2012, in Alexandria, Va.
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  • Fourth of July 2012

    Rommel, a 5-year-old golden retriever, left, is decked out with flags as he meets another golden retriever with a patriotic neck band before a Fourth of July parade in Omaha, Neb., July 4, 2012.
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  • Fourth of July 2012

    Fireworks light up the sky against the backdrop of a full moon during a Fourth of July celebration in Kansas City, Kan., July 3, 2012.
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  • Fourth of July 2012

    Members of the Native Sons of the Golden West carry a large American flag during the annual Fourth of July parade Wednesday, July 4, 2012 in Sausalito, Calif.
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    Maryann Rollins, of Bolton, Mass., waits for the start of the Boston Pops Fourth of July concert rehearsal at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, July 3, 2012.
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