Image: A girl carries a U.S. flag as she takes part in a parade during Fourth of July Independence Day celebrations in Washington, D.C.

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Americans across the nation celebrate Fourth of July

The United States celebrates Independence Day with parades, picnics and plain fun.

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Deer Isle, Maine

People watch Fourth of July parade wind through downtown.

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Colbert, Georgia

A member of the local Shriners Club rides in a special trick vehicle during Colbert’s 50th annual Independence Day celebration.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Two Uncle Sams, Fred Polnisch and Gordon Dunham, greet each other before the Fourth of July parade.

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Washington, D.C.

U.S. military service members march in the Fourth of July parade.

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Image: A girl carries a U.S. flag as she takes part in a parade during Fourth of July Independence Day celebrations in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

A girl carries a U.S. flag as she takes part in a parade.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Gianna and Lily Carter wait under umbrellas for the start of the parade.

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Washington, D.C.

A woman wearing a sash and tiara rides in an open-top vehicle.

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Image: A man and a girl ride in an antique Ford automobile during the annual 4th of July parade in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

A man and a girl ride in an antique Ford automobile during the annual Fourth of July parade in Barnstable Village.

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Washington, D.C.

People watch the Independence Day parade as it passes in front of the National Archives.

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Santa Monica, California

Christian Tomita, left and Erin Wells arrive dressed as Abraham Lincoln and Lady Liberty to participate in the parade.

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Coney Island, New York

Sofia Defossey, 7, watches the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.

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Santa Monica, California

A trumpeter who went only by the name Lenny plays a tune during the Fourth of July parade.

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Image: A man rides in a miniature a car during the annual 4th of July parade in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

A man rides in a miniature car during the annual Fourth of July parade in Barnstable Village.

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