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US celebrates its 237th Independence Day

US celebrates its 237th Independence Day
  • Fireworks explode over Lake Union during the Seafair Summer Fourth event Thursday, July 4, 2013, as seen from Gas Works Park in Seattle, Wash. AP Photo
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    Fireworks explode over Lake Union during the Seafair Summer Fourth event Thursday, July 4, 2013, as seen from Gas Works Park in Seattle, Wash. AP Photo

  • Fireworks explode over Lake Union during the Seafair Summer Fourth event Thursday, July 4, 2013, as seen from Gas Works Park in Seattle, Wash. AP Photo
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    Fireworks explode over Lake Union during the Seafair Summer Fourth event Thursday, July 4, 2013, as seen from Gas Works Park in Seattle, Wash. AP Photo

  • Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Philadelphia. AP Photo
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    Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Philadelphia. AP Photo

  • Lightning flashes during Independence Day fireworks as viewed atop Mt. Washington on Grandview Ave. in Pittsburgh, Thursday, July 4, 2013. AP Photo
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    Lightning flashes during Independence Day fireworks as viewed atop Mt. Washington on Grandview Ave. in Pittsburgh, Thursday, July 4, 2013. AP Photo

  • Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Philadelphia. AP Photo
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    Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Philadelphia. AP Photo

  • Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Philadelphia. AP Photo
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    Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Philadelphia. AP Photo

  • Residents and visitors of Alexander's Lake sit out on their docks and in small boats as they watch neighborhood fireworks as they celebrate Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Dayville, Conn. AP Photo
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    Residents and visitors of Alexander's Lake sit out on their docks and in small boats as they watch neighborhood fireworks as they celebrate Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Dayville, Conn. AP Photo

  • 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
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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

  • Al Mitchell, of Barnstead, N.H., salutes during the national anthem before the Boston Pops Fourth of July Concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston, Thursday, July 4, 2013. AP Photo
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    Al Mitchell, of Barnstead, N.H., salutes during the national anthem before the Boston Pops Fourth of July Concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston, Thursday, July 4, 2013. AP Photo

  • Fireworks burst over the Hatch Shell during the finale of the Boston Pops Fourth of July Concert in Boston, Thursday, July 4, 2013. AP Photo
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    Fireworks burst over the Hatch Shell during the finale of the Boston Pops Fourth of July Concert in Boston, Thursday, July 4, 2013. AP Photo

  • Audience members join arms as the Boston Pops play God Bless America during their Fourth of July Concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston, Thursday, July 4, 2013. AP Photo
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    Audience members join arms as the Boston Pops play God Bless America during their Fourth of July Concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston, Thursday, July 4, 2013. AP Photo

  • First lady Michelle Obama, left, with members of the military wave during a Fourth of July celebration with military members and their families, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 4, 2013. AP Photo
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    First lady Michelle Obama, left, with members of the military wave during a Fourth of July celebration with military members and their families, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 4, 2013. AP Photo

  • President Barack Obama, holds a baby as he and first lady Michelle Obama, not in picture, greets members of the military and their families during a Fourth of July celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 4, 2013. AP Photo
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    President Barack Obama, holds a baby as he and first lady Michelle Obama, not in picture, greets members of the military and their families during a Fourth of July celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 4, 2013. AP Photo

  • New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, second from left, New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, second from right and superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Monument David Luchsinger cut a ceremonial ribbon during the reopening ceremony of the Statue of Liberty, Thursday, July 4, 2013 at in New York. The Statue of Liberty reopened on the Fourth of July, months after Superstorm Sandy swamped its little island in New York Harbor as Americans across the country marked the holiday with fireworks and barbecues. AP Photo
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    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, second from left, New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, second from right and superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Monument David Luchsinger cut a ceremonial ribbon during the reopening ceremony of the Statue of Liberty, Thursday, July 4, 2013 at in New York. The Statue of Liberty reopened on the Fourth of July, months after Superstorm Sandy swamped its little island in New York Harbor as Americans across the country marked the holiday with fireworks and barbecues. AP Photo

  • The White House is adorned in preparation for the a Fourth of July celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 4, 2013, hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. AP Photo
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    The White House is adorned in preparation for the a Fourth of July celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 4, 2013, hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. AP Photo

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