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Americans Celebrate Independence Day

  • VOA News

Americans have marked Independence Day with celebrations in cities and towns across the country.

The holiday commemorates the birth of the United States 229 years ago, on July 4, 1776, when delegates from the 13 original American colonies declared independence from Britain.

Here in Washington, tens of thousands of people watched the traditional fireworks display after attending a free concert featuring music stars like Gloria Estefan and the Beach Boys.

Large crowds in New York witnessed a huge fireworks display.

Elsewhere, many communities gathered for parades, neighborhood picnics and cookouts.

Speaking at a university in West Virginia, President Bush marked the holiday by thanking U.S. troops for their service to the country.

Meanwhile, hundreds of immigrants took the oath of allegiance Monday to become U.S. citizens at 15 ceremonies across the country.
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