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Fourth of July festivities: US celebrates its 242nd birthday with a brilliant firework display

With backyard barbecues and fireworks, Americans celebrated Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that expressed pride in their country's 242nd birthday.

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With backyard barbecues and fireworks, Americans celebrated Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that expressed pride in their country's 242nd birthday. But this quintessential American holiday was being marked with a sense of a United States divided for some, evidenced by competing televised events in the nation's capital. From New York to California, July Fourth festivities ranged from the lively and to the lighthearted, with Macy's July Fourth fireworks and Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest. Seen here are boaters on the Potomac River in Washington watch the fireworks display on the National Mall, on Wednesday (AP Photo)

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US President Donald Trump, right, accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, are silhouetted as they stand on the Truman Balcony during the Fourth of July Celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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The day's events also were stately and traditional, with parades lining streets across the country and the world's oldest commissioned warship firing a 21-gun salute to mark the 242 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

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For some Western states, however, the holiday was a bit more muted as high wildfire danger forced communities to cancel fireworks displays. This is a scene from New Jersey. (AP Photo)

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Deep space or American skies? This picture looks like a galaxy far, far away. (AP Photo)

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With the New York City skyline in the background fireworks explode during an Independence Day show over the East River (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

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The USS Constitution has sailed in Boston Harbor and fired its guns again to mark Independence Day. (AP Photo)

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The world's oldest commissioned warship still afloat left its berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard on Wednesday morning. It glided through the harbor to mark 242 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. (AP Photo)

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Fireworks explode over Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and US Capitol, along the National Mall in Washington during the Fourth of July celebration. (AP Photo)

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A ship sprays water with the US flag colors before the Fourth of July fireworks show over the East River, Wednesday, in New York. (AP Photo)

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With the New York City skyline in the background fireworks explode during an Independence Day show over the East River, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo)

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The country's longest-running live national July Fourth television tradition is PBS' broadcast of music and fireworks from the US Capitol's West Lawn. But it's facing new counterprogramming this year from the White House, which is hosting its own concert and view of the National Park Service's fireworks show. (AP Photo)

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In New York, the Macy's fireworks show over the East River promises 25 minutes of sparkle and ahhhh plus the West Point Band and entertainers including Kelly Clarkson, Ricky Martin and Keith Urban on NBC's broadcast. (AP Photo)

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Fireworks shroud the Empire State Building in sparks and haze. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

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But some places in the American West have canceled their planned July Fourth fireworks because of high wildfire danger, and others are doing drone light displays instead of pyrotechnics. Seen here are fireworks exploding over the One World Trade (AP Photo)

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This was the first Fourth of July that many people were able to call themselves US citizens after participating in naturalization ceremonies across the country. (AP Photo)

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Visitors who said they are from Switzerland take selfies as they wait with other spectators on the east side of Manhattan borough before a fireworks display, part of Independence Day festivities in New York. (AP Photo)