Photo of The Day: Happy July 4th, NYC & Small Town America!


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New York, N.Y. Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays in the United States. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. July Fourth is a federal holiday, so many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation’s heritage, laws, history, society, and people.

American families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue and take advantage of the day off and, in some years, long weekend to gather with relatives. Decorations — streamers, balloons, clothing — are generally colored red, white, and blue.

Parades are often in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares.

Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as the national anthem “The Star-Spangled Banner”, “God Bless America”, “America the Beautiful”, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”, “This Land Is Your Land”, “Stars and Stripes Forever”, and, regionally, “Yankee Doodle” in northeastern states and, sadly, “Dixie” in southern states. Some of the lyrics recall images of the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812.

In 2009, New York City had the largest fireworks display in the country, with over 22 tons of pyrotechnics exploded. Other major displays are in Chicago on Lake Michigan; in San Diego over Mission Bay; in Boston on the Charles River; in St. Louis on the Mississippi River; in San Francisco over the San Francisco Bay; and on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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