Hot dogs, parades, fireworks: US celebrates Fourth of July

Americans celebrated the United States' 241st birthday in both joyous and serious ways, from flashy firework displays for massive crowds to small-town parades. Tuesday's events even went international, as U.S. senators travelled to Afghanistan and spent the holiday with the troops and an Independence Day exhibition took Major League Baseball to London.

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US celebrates July Fourth with parades, picnics, fireworks

Americans are celebrating their country's 241st birthday with big-time fireworks, small-town parades and the quirky spectacle of competitive hot dog eating. Tuesday's festivities stretch from a baseball home run derby in London to a picnic at the White House to a Utah ski town where residents initially weren't even sure they'd be home for Independence Day after recent wildfires.

Cruz gets an earful in McAllen for July Fourth

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz , R-Texas, waded into this Democratic stronghold Tuesday to celebrate the Fourth of July -- and predictably got an earful from protesters, many upset with the Senate's efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare. Cruz, who has a knack for confrontation with his political opponents in Washington and far outside it, had to speak over the demonstrators for most of his speech at an Independence Day ceremony, twice pausing to address the commotion.


Shortly before his first Fourth of July in office, Ronald Reagan honored the NAACP by addressing its convention. Eight years later, President George H.W. Bush declared, ''The law cannot tolerate any discrimination, and my administration will not tolerate abuse of that principle.'

VP Mike Pence walks in Fourth of July Parade

The airport confirmed to FOX 17 on Monday that representatives for the VP had reached out to them last week, urging them to prepare for a possible arrival on Independence Day. Federal Aviation Administration restrictions to airspace around Ford Airport were put into place recently - VIP restrictions that also ban flights over Grandville during the parade.

TV’s nonpartisan July 4th: fireworks, the US Constitution

This image released by HBO shows President Barack Obama, left, with filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi during the filming of "The Words That Built America," airing on the Fourth of July on HBO. This image released by HBO shows President Donald Trump during the filming of "The Words That Built America," airing on the Fourth of July on HBO.

Happy 4th July 2016: A Political Holiday

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The Fourth of July is a federal holiday that allows almost everyone to have a day away from work, to reflect on what independence really means. That declaration was made by the Continental Congress, on behalf of a new nation, the United States of America.