America Ushers In July 4 With Hot Dogs, Music And Beer


(AP) – From coast to coast, Americans are celebrating the country’s independence with family gatherings, fireworks, parades and food.

Philadelphia started its celebration a little early with the Liberty Block Party on Friday near Independence Hall. There was music on three stages, treats from local food trucks and restaurants and a beer garden. The Philly Pops performed patriotic tunes.

Saturday’s events include a Celebration of Freedom ceremony, a parade through the city’s historic district and a free concert and fireworks.

Washington will have its parade and the traditional fireworks on the National Mall.

New York has Nathans, where the famous hot dog eating contest is a feature event, along with Macy’s annual fireworks display Saturday night.

And the traditional Boston Pops concert and fireworks are set for Boston.

Hundreds of new citizens will also take the oath of allegiance in special ceremonies across the country today.

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7/4/2015 7:40:58 AM (GMT -4:00)

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