Fireworks explode in the sky above the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol as the nation celebrates its Independence Day in Washington on July 4, 2008. View courtesy of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission. (UPI Photo/Patrick D. McDermott)
People return to the National Mall and stakeout a spot, after an evacuation due to a tornado warning, for the annual Independence Day celebration in Washington on July 4, 2007. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)..
Taylor DiNovo-Bell, 2, stands on the shoulders of her father, Tom Bell, on The Mall in Washington while celebrating Independence Day and waiting to see the fireworks show on July 4th, 2007. (UPI Photo/David Brody)
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