July 4th Celebrations

From the reopening of the Statue of Liberty, to the annual Nathan's hot dog eating contest in Coney Island, Americans were celebrating the country's independence in many different ways. Click through for photos of July 4th festivities.

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Kennedy Kemper, 3, waves an American Flag, during the Clawson Fourth of July Parade, Thursday July 4, 2013, in Clawson, Mich. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT
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Kennedy Kemper, 3, waves an American Flag, during the Clawson Fourth of July Parade, Thursday July 4, 2013, in Clawson, Michigan. Click to see more photos of the July 4th celebrations.
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Fourth of July Independence Day fireworks are seen over the Washington Monument, July 4, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Fireworks light up the Empire State and Chrysler buildings along the Manhattan skyline during Macy's 37th Annual Fourth of July fireworks show, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in New York.
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Fireworks light up the Empire State Building along the Manhattan skyline during Macy's 37th Annual Fourth of July fireworks show, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in New York.
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Fireworks light up the statue of Simon Bolivar during Independence Day celebrations in Washington, DC. Independence Day celebrates the US declaring independence from Britain in 1776.
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President Barack Obama, third from right, with first lady Michelle Obama, second from left, and members of the military, speaks during a Fourth of July celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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The White House is adorned in preparation for the a Fourth of July celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 4, 2013, hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.
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Hope Milne, right, and Steph Biancucci, both of Hamilton, Mass., blow bubbles while waiting the start of the Boston Pops Fourth of July Concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston, Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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Ray Mutter, left, and Deb Thomas, both of Harrisonburg, Va., blow up beach balls while waiting the start of the Boston Pops Fourth of July Concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston, Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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The Walker family of Lafayette, La. relaxes while waiting the start of the Boston Pops Fourth of July Concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston, Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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Spectators watch the annual Hermosa Beach Ironman competition in Hermosa Beach, Calif. on Thursday July 4, 2013. Participants run a mile, paddle a mile on surfboards and return to the beach and drink a six-pack of beer.
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Visitors to the Statue of Liberty disembark onto Liberty Island from the first ferry to leave Manhattan, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in New York. The Statue of Liberty finally reopened on the Fourth of July months after Superstorm Sandy swamped its little island in New York Harbor as Americans across the country marked the holiday with fireworks and barbecues.
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Children pose for pictures at the base of the Statue of Liberty, Thursday, July 4, 2013 at in New York. The Statue of Liberty finally reopened on the Fourth of July months after Superstorm Sandy swamped its little island in New York Harbor as Americans across the country marked the holiday with fireworks and barbecues.
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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, ride in the back of a truck as they take part in a parade in Northside, a suburb of Cincinnati, Thursday, July 4, 2013, on their Rights and Responsibilities Tour.
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Confetti covered the crowd after the reading of the Declaration of Independence. An Independence Day Celebration at Boston City Hall Plaza was held, followed by a parade that went by the Old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was read aloud, in Boston, Mass. on Thursday, July 4, 2013.
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Joey Chestnut jams hot dogs into his mouth on his way to setting a new record and wins the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island on July 4, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Chestnut, of San Jose, California, ate 69 hotdogs in ten minutes to win his seventh straight title.
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Drum major Ricardo Rodriguez, center, and other living history members, bow for a prayer during a Fourth of July Patriotic Ceremony at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in San Antonio.
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Ed Lunderman, a member of a Living History Musket Detail, fires his musket to represent "the Shot Heard Around the World" during a Fourth of July Patriotic Ceremony at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in San Antonio.
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A dog watches the Independence Day parade in Takoma Park, Maryland on July 4, 2013. Independence Day celebrates the declaration of independence from Britain in 1776.
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A girl watches the Independence Day parade in Takoma Park, Maryland on July 4, 2013. Independence Day celebrates the declaration of independence from Britain in 1776.
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Residents of I'on community celebrate Independence Day with a bicycle and golf cart parade on July 4, 2013 in Mt Pleasant, South Carolina.
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A U.S. flag, in the shape of the country, is unfurled in the outfield before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park on Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Washington.
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