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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.
Fireworks lit up the sky above cities and towns across the U.S. in July Fourth celebrations. The shows followed a day of parades, concerts, and in New York City, the reopening of the Statue of Liberty, which had been shuttered by Superstorm Sandy.
Here's a gallery of images from Independence Day preparations and celebrations.
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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. ((AP Photo/John Minchillo))
Traffic flows along 42nd Street in Manhattan as fireworks peek from behind buildings during a Fourth of July show, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in New York. The city celebrated Independence Day with a fireworks display over the Hudson River. ((AP Photo/Julio Cortez))
An American flag flying at Uptown Station shopping center is reflected in rain drops on Thursday, July 4, 2013 in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. ((AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News, Nick Tomecek))
Wearing a horse mask, Sarah Keneston, 15, left, and Gabrielle LaFond, 15, dance in the rain before watching the fireworks show during the Fanfares & Fireworks celebration at the University of Florida on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 in Gainesville, Fla. The rain stopped before the fireworks show. ((AP Photo/The Gainesville Sun, Matt Stamey) )
From left, Tim Janus, Joey Chestnut, and Matt Stonie compete in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest at Coney Island, Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Coney Island, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. ((AP Photo/John Minchillo))