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Fireworks cap day of Fourth of July celebrations in towns and cities across America

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Fireworks are launched from barges in the Hudson River in New York, Monday, July 4.

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Fireworks explode over the Hudson River in New York, Monday, July 4.

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Fireworks illuminate the night sky and are reflected in the Potomac River with the Washington Monument at right on Monday, July 4, in Washington, D.C.

See a slideshow of parades, fireworks and other ways that Americans celebrated the independence of their nation.