Fourth of July 2014: Happy Birthday, AmericaLoading
  • This 4th of July parade is a neighborhood tradition on Govan Way in the Land Park neighborhood in Sacramento
    Eight-year-old Camden Gordon joined hundreds of neighborhood kids and their parents during the 32nd annual Independence Day kids' parade on Govan Way in the Land Park neighborhood of Sacramento, Calif., on Friday, July 4, 2014. View a photo gallery.
    Manny Crisostomo | mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
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    John David Dowdle holds his 23-month-old Blakely Dowdle as she laughs while being sprayed with water by the Germantown Fire Department during the Poplar Estates Fourth of July parade in Germantown, Tenn., Friday, July 4, 2014.
    Yalonda M. James | AP
  • Fourth Of July Gun Rights
    J.P. Thornsley, 12, carries a U.S. flag in the barrel of his 20-gauge shotgun before leading about 250 gun rights advocates in an open carry demonstration during the Independence Day parade in Westcliffe, Colo. on Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/ The Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)
    Michael Ciaglo | AP
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    People wave flags as the Independence Day parade rolls down Main Street, Friday, July 4, 2014, in Eagar, Ariz. The Northern Arizona town celebrates the Fourth of July annually with a parade and fireworks. (AP Photo/ Matt York)
    Matt York | AP
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    The Statue of Liberty and an American eagle are part of the Eastview Wesleyan Church float in the Fourth of July parade in Gas City, Ind., on Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/ Chronicle-Tribune, Jeff Morehead)
    Jeff Morehead | AP
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    Walter Lindsay listens to a cassette player on his lap playing Whitney Houston's singing "The Star Spangled Banner" as he uses his motorized wheelchair to participate in the annual Golf Cart Parade in Tyler, Texas, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/ The Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sarah A. Miller)
    Sarah A. Miller | AP
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    Fireboats escort the USS Constitution on its annual Fourth of July turn-around on Boston Harbor in Boston, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/ Michael Dwyer)
    Michael Dwyer | AP
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    The United States Army Continental Color Guard and Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps prepare to present the colors during the annual Independence Day celebration and naturalization ceremony at Monticello in Charlottesville, Va. on Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/ The Daily Progress, Ryan M. Kelly)
    Ryan M. Kelly | AP
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    People participated during the annual Golf Cart Parade at Meadow Lake Senior Living Community in Tyler, Texas, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/ The Tyler Morning Telegraph, Sarah A. Miller)
    Sarah A. Miller | AP
  • Fourth Of July Gun Rights
    Joanne Canda, right, holds her gun out of the car window and waves to parade goers as about 250 gun rights advocates participate in an open carry demonstration during the Independence Day parade in Westcliffe, Colo. on Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/ The Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)
    Michael Ciaglo | AP
  • Biden Fourth of July
    Vice President Joe Biden accompanied by his grandson Hunter meets with Airman from Dover Air Force Base during an Independence Day parade, Friday, July 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. Biden took part in the "Celebration of Freedom" ceremony at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The annual Fourth of July event includes music, speeches and a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence. Friday's ceremony will also recognized the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision ending school segregation. (AP Photo/ Matt Rourke)
    Matt Rourke | AP
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    American flags stand by names around the south reflecting pool at the 9/ 11 Memorial in New York, Friday July 4, 2014, following an event honoring those that lost their lives on 9/ 11 and those who survived. A group of severely injured servicemen who served in Afghanistan and/ or Iraq participated in the event. (AP Photo/ Tina Fineberg)
    Tina Fineberg | AP
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    Vietnam veteran Emilo Mourlet pauses to salute his brother's grave at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Fla., Friday, July 4, 2014. He is spending part of the holiday visiting both his brothers, who are buried at the cemetery.
    J Pat Carter | AP
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    Fair St. Louis fireworks illuminate the sky in front of the St. Louis Art Museum on Wednesday, July 3, 2014, in St. Louis, Mo. Americans prepared to celebrate the nation's 238th birthday on Friday.
    Laurie Skrivan | AP
Celebrations started early across the United States today, as citizens celebrated American independence and the birth of their nation. Here are images from Fourth of July festivities.
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