4th of July Celebrations (28 images)

Fireworks explode across the skies of America as the nation celebrates its independence on July 4, 2012.
Updated: July 5, 2012 at 9:55 AM
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Fireworks explode over the National Mall during the annual Independence Day celebration in Washington, D.C. on July 4, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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A woman stands for the National Anthem during a rehearsal for "A Capitol Fourth" concert on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on July 3, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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An Honor Guard arrives for a rehearsal for "A Capitol Fourth" concert on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on July 3, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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John Williams performs leads the National Sympathy Orchestra during a rehearsal for "A Capitol Fourth" concert on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on July 3, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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A Capitol Fourth Concert in Washington, D.C.
Megan Hilty performs during a rehearsal for "A Capitol Fourth" concert on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on July 3, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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Megan Hilty performs during a rehearsal for "A Capitol Fourth" concert on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on July 3, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
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People enjoy Independence Day at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY on July 4, 2012. Joey Chestnut wins the Hot Dog Eating Contest consuming 68 hotdogs and is now tied with his former rival Takeru Kobayashi with six straight wins. UPI/John Angelillo .
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