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Americans celebrate Independence Day across the US
Millions of Americans headed to parades and fireworks shows dressed in their patriotic best on Wednesday to mark the 235th anniversary of the nation's independence.

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July 4, 2012: John Meeks, 16, with Boys Ranch Town, carries an American flag on horseback during the LibertyFest Fourth of July Parade in Edmond, Okla.
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July 4, 2012: Hannah Hargis, 6, of Edmond enjoys a snack as she watches the LibertyFest Fourth of July Parade in Edmond, Okla.
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July 4, 2012: President Barack Obama speaks from the the Balcony of the White House as he and first lady Michelle Obama start an Independence Day celebration with a barbecue, concert and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.
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July 4, 2012: President Barack Obama poses for a photo during a visit with service members at the White House Independence Day celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.
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July 4, 2012: A military service member and his daughter watch as President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome guests to an Independence Day celebration with a barbecue, concert and a view of fireworks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.
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July 4, 2012: Alaysia Allen, 7, drinks from a sprinkler during the Independence Day celebration in Hanover, Mich.
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July 4, 2012: Young Tower members assist in carrying a large United States flag down the LaPorte Jaycees Fourth of July parade route in LaPorte, Ind.
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July 4, 2012: Eric Richmond II, 18 months old, waves a United States flag while watching the Fourth of July parade from his stroller in South Haven, Mich.
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July 4, 2012: Margaret White, 5, waves from her porch as floats and marchers assemble for the start of the annual Fourth of July parade in Sausalito, Calif.
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July 4, 2012: A pair of Miniature Schnauzers named Baron and Caesar ride in a wagon pulled by City Council member Herb Weiner during the annual Fourth of July parade in Sausalito, Calif.
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July 4, 2012: The Empire State Building, illuminated with red, white and blue lights, is seen from the Queens borough of New York, backlit by fireworks over the Hudson River, during the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show in New York.
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July 4, 2012: 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 in New York.
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July 4, 2012: Trains run through Hudson Yard in New York as fireworks light up the sky over the Hudson River during the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show.
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July 4, 2012: Fireworks light up the sky during the annual Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display over the Hudson River as seen from New York.
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July 4, 2012: Spectators watch over Hudson Yard in New York as fireworks light up the sky over the Hudson River during the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show.
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July 4, 2012: Fireworks light the sky over Washington and the U.S. Capitol, left, Washington Monument, and Lincoln Memorial in Arlington, Va.
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July 4, 2012: Fireworks light the sky over the U.S. Capitol, left, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial in Washington as seen from Arlington, Va.
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July 4, 2012: Fireworks light the sky over the U.S. Capitol, left, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial in Washington as seen from Arlington, Va.
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July 4, 2012: Fireworks light the sky over Maranacook Lake in Winthrop, Maine, as the nation celebrates Independence Day.
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Americans celebrate Independence Day across the US

Millions of Americans headed to parades and fireworks shows dressed in their patriotic best on Wednesday to mark the 235th anniversary of the nation's independence.

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