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July 5, 2010
Fourth of July Fireworks
NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation's largest fireworks show lit up the sky in a burst of red, white and blue over the Hudson River straddling New York and New Jersey on Sunday, a scene that was repeated in hundreds of communities in a sizzling end to a scorching day for much of the U.S. Budget cuts forced some communities to pull the plug on the pyrotechnics, but the gigantic Macy's fireworks show went on as planned on Manhattan's West Side, where it moved in 2009 after eight years on the East River. In Washington, vendors with stocked coolers hawked "cold," ''ice cold," and even "super cold" bottles of water along Constitution Avenue. There was a long line for watermelon -- $3 for a huge wedge -- and near the Washington Monument, firefighters and U.S. Park Police officers sprayed hoses into the crowd. (22 images)

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Fireworks explode over Washington as the United States celebrates its 234th birthday, Sunday, July 4, 2010. Seen from left is the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. AP / Cliff Owen


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The Empire State Building, illuminated with red, white and blue lights, is seen from across the East River in the Queens borough of New York, and is backlit by fireworks exploding over the Hudson River during the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show Sunday, July 4, 2010 in New York. AP / Jason DeCrow



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In this July 4, 2010 photo, fireworks explode over the Hudson River with New York's Empire State Building in the background, as seen from Hawthorne, N.J. AP / Caleb Jones



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Members of The NYPD watch fireworks explode during the 37th annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks over the Hudson River on July 4, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Neilson Barnard



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Fireworks explode behind the USS Intrepid during the 37th annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks over the Hudson River on July 4, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Neilson Barnard



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Lorenzo Vergara, 3, right, sits on the shoulders of his father Pablo Vergara as they and others watch the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks display over the Hudson River Sunday July 4, 2010 in New York. AP / Tina Fineberg



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Spectators watch the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks display over the Hudson River Sunday July 4, 2010 in New York. AP / Tina Fineberg



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Spectators watch the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks display over the Hudson River Sunday July 4, 2010 in New York. AP / Tina Fineberg



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Fireworks explode over the Circle Line Ferry during the 37th annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks over the Hudson River on July 4, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Neilson Barnard



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Fireworks explode over the Hudson River in Manhattan during the Macy's 4th of July fireworks display on Sunday, July 4, 2010 in New York. AP / Mike Adamucci



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A statue of George Washington is seen as fireworks explode during an Independence Day celebration in Philadelphia, Sunday, July 4, 2010. AP / Matt Rourke



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People watch fireworks explode during an Independence Day celebration in Philadelphia, Sunday, July 4, 2010. AP / Matt Rourke



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In this July 3, 2010 photo, Sue and Roger Main watch fireworks in Fenton, Mich. The Flint Journal / John Ehlke



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Rain begins to fall, as the city of Flagler Beach starts their fireworks display, in Flagler Beach, Fl., Saturday, July 3, 2010. Daytona Beach News-Journal / David Massey



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Fireworks explode in the night sky over the Anadarko tower Sunday, July 4, 2010 in The Woodlands, Texas as residents gathered along The Woodlands Waterway to celebrate the Independence Day. The Courier / Eric S. Swist



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A display of fireworks is seen over a fountain and a lake in Noonday, Texas as part of an Independence day celebration on July 4, 2010. AP / Dr. Scott M. Lieberman



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Fireworks explode over Butte, Mont. on Saturday, July 3, 2010 as part of the city's Fourth of July celebration. Oxford Eagle / Bruce Newman



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Fireworks explode over Butte, Mont. on Saturday, July 3, 2010 as part of the city's Fourth of July celebration. Oxford Eagle / Bruce Newman



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People watch the fireworks after a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Kansas City Royals at the Angel stadium in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 4, 2010. AP / Jae C. Hong



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Fireworks explode over the Washington Monument in Washington, as the United States celebrates its 234th birthday, Sunday, July 4, 2010. AP / Cliff Owen



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Fireworks explode over the Washington Monument in Washington, as the United States celebrates its 234th birthday, Sunday, July 4, 2010. AP / Cliff Owen



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Fireworks explode over Lake Michigan Sunday, July 4, 2010 in Chicago. AP / Kiichiro Sato



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