Eating barbecue, carrying flags, shaking hands and asking for votes. The major Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are taking advantage of the long Independence Day weekend to campaign in the early states.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, will be spending the Fourth of July in New Hampshire. Clinton will march in parades celebrating the holiday while also trying to stave off rival Bernie Sanders' rise in Granite State polls.

Clinton participated in grassroots organizing events in Hanover on Friday, according to her staff, before heading to Glen on Saturday morning to talk about her plans to help American families "get ahead and stay ahead." Later in the day she will march in the annual Gorham Fourth of July parade, along with local supporters and area Democrats.

Many Republican presidential candidates will also descend on the state. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham are all expected to head to New Hampshire as well to participate in parades while campaigning in the early primary state.

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