Fireworks, hot dogs, hurricane help mark July 4th

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Fireworks, hot dogs, hurricane help mark July 4th
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: Spectators watch and take snapshots of the annual Independence Day fireworks display at the Washington Monument on July, 04, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: A view of the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks from Brooklyn Bridge Park on July 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: A general view of atmosphere during the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks on July 4, 2014 in New York City as shot from the Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Friday, July 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Friday, July 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: Fireworks are set off at Liberty State Park during the ''Freedom & Fireworks Festival'' in Jersey City, New Jersey on July 4, 2014 as seen from New York City. The Macy's fireworks show returned to the East River for the first time since 2008. The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the national holiday. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 04: A view of the fireworks during the 2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam on July 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 04: A view of the fireworks during the 2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam on July 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - JULY 04: Fireworks dazzle in the New Jersey skies as part of the Freedom & Fireworks Festival in Liberty State Park, NJ on July 4, 2014, where Budweiser also presented a $3 million donation to the Folds of Honor Foundation to benefit families of military killed or disabled in action. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Budweiser)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - JULY 04: Fireworks dazzle in the New Jersey skies as part of the Freedom & Fireworks Festival in Liberty State Park, NJ on July 4, 2014, where Budweiser also presented a $3 million donation to the Folds of Honor Foundation to benefit families of military killed or disabled in action. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Budweiser)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: Fireworks are set off at Liberty State Park during the ''Freedom & Fireworks Festival'' in Jersey City, New Jersey on July 4, 2014 as seen from New York City. The Macy's fireworks show returned to the East River for the first time since 2008. The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the national holiday. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 04: A view of the fireworks during the 2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam on July 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
Fireworks light up the sky above the Brooklyn Bridge during Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show, Friday, July 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Fireworks light up the sky above the Brooklyn Bridge during Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show, Friday, July 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Fireworks light up the sky above the Brooklyn Bridge during Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show, Friday, July 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Fireworks illuminate the sky over the U.S. Capitol building and the Washington Monument during Fourth of July celebrations, on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Fireworks illuminate the sky over the U.S. Capitol building and the Washington Monument during Fourth of July celebrations, on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Fireworks illuminate the sky over the U.S. Capitol building and the Washington Monument during Fourth of July celebrations, on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Fireworks are seen from the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall July 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. The United States celebrated its 1776 declaration of independence from colonial England. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks burst out over the US Capitol and the Washington Monument during Independence Day celebrations in Washington on July 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
People watch fireworks from the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall July 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. The United States celebrated its 1776 declaration of independence from colonial England. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks burst out over the US and the Washington Monument during Independence Day celebrations in Washington on July 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 04: Spectators watch a 4th of July fireworks display over downtown Miami from Watson Island on July 4, 2014 in Miami, Florida.The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the national holiday. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 04: Spectators watch a 4th of July fireworks display over downtown Miami from Watson Island on July 4, 2014 in Miami, Florida.The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the national holiday. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Fireworks are seen from the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall July 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. The United States celebrated its 1776 declaration of independence from colonial England. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 04: Spectators watch a 4th of July fireworks display over downtown Miami from Watson Island on July 4, 2014 in Miami, Florida.The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the national holiday. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Fireworks erupt over U.S. Cellular Field after the Chicago White Sox played the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Fireworks erupt over U.S. Cellular Field after the Chicago White Sox played the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Fireworks erupt over U.S. Cellular Field after the Chicago White Sox played the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Fireworks erupt over U.S. Cellular Field after the Chicago White Sox played the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game on Friday, July 4, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Fireworks explode beside the White House marking Independence Day celebrations in Washington, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Louis Celli of Montgomery Village, Md., carries his 18-month-old grandson Jayden on his shoulders to watch the fireworks in front of the White House marking Independence Day celebrations in Washington, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Fireworks light up the lower Manhattan skyline during Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show, Friday, July 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Fireworks light up the lower Manhattan skyline during Macy's Annual Fourth of July fireworks show, Friday, July 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Fireworks light up the lower Manhattan skyline during Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show, Friday, July 4, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Friday, July 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Friday, July 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Friday, July 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
This aerial photo shows a Fourth of July fireworks celebration over the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Friday, July 4, 2014. (Photo/Gerald Herbert)
This aerial photo shows a Fourth of July fireworks celebration over the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Friday, July 4, 2014. (Photo/Gerald Herbert)
The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks are viewed from The Circle Line Cruise Ship in the Lower New York Bay on Friday, July 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)
This aerial photo, shows a Fourth of July fireworks celebration over the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 4: Reece Newhouse, 13, of Seattle, Washington watches the Independence Day fireworks with his brother Jonah, 17, left, and mother Russann, right, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Friday July 4, 2014. (Photo by J. Lawler Duggan/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: Fireworks display during PBS's 2014 A CAPITOL FOURTH at U.S. Capitol, West Lawn on July 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capital Concerts)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: Fireworks overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge at the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks on July 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: A general view of fireworks during the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks at the South Street Seaport on July 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mychal Watts/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: Fireworks overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge at the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks on July 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: A general view of atmosphere during the 38th Annual Macy's 4th Of July Fireworks on July 4, 2014 in New York City as shot from the Brooklyn Bridge Park. (Photo by Brian Killian/WireImage)
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The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks, food and music. Nature and politics also play a role this year, with Hurricane Arthur crashing holiday parties along the East Coast and subdued festivities in Moscow amid growing anti-American sentiment over the crisis in Ukraine. Here are some highlights of Independence Day celebrations across the globe:

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FIRE IN THE SKY

Tens of thousands of people crammed the narrow cobble stone streets of a landmark seaport and the closed lanes of a riverfront highway to watch the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show in New York City.

A brilliant 25-minute show of reds, whites and blues lit up the sky from three barges on the East River, sandwiched between Brooklyn and lower Manhattan - and even some from the Brooklyn Bridge itself.

Macy's says more than 1,600 shells were launched per minute during the 25-minute display over the East River. It's the nation's largest Fourth of July fireworks celebration.

Hundreds of umbrellas, which were prohibited, lay at the base of the span. With Hurricane Arthur passing through the area hours before the fireworks started, they weren't needed.

One World Trade Center marked the holiday by lighting its 400-foot antenna red, white and blue.

Other major fireworks shows were being held in Chicago on Lake Michigan and in San Francisco over the bay.

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WEATHER WORRIES

The first hurricane of the season, Arthur, forced many East Coast cities to switch the dates of their Fourth of July celebrations. Boston officials moved the annual Boston Pops July 4 concert and fireworks from Friday to Thursday. Then they cut short the concerts so the fireworks could begin. Shortly after the dazzling display thundered to a close, a drenching rain began falling. Meanwhile, several cities in Maine, New Hampshire and New Jersey moved their fireworks shows to either Saturday or Sunday. Augusta, Maine, moved its fireworks to Aug. 2.

When it crossed North Carolina's Outer Banks late Thursday, Arthur narrowly missed becoming the first hurricane to make landfall on July Fourth, according to National Hurricane Center research that dates to the 1850s.

In Phoenix, the first dust storm of the summer arrived with blinding winds that forced the cancellation of holiday plans, knocked out power and grounded flights.

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INSPIRING MUSIC

In Washington, composer John Williams is to debut a new arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner" featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the national anthem. Francis Scott Key was inspired by the sight of the flag over Baltimore's Fort McHenry in September 1814 after a 25-hour British bombardment.

Thousands of people celebrated the Fourth in the nation's capital under clear skies, despite initial fears rain could ruin their fun. Visitors to the Mall gazed at the White House and the Washington Monument and strolled through the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which featured food, music and cultural demonstrations.

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GLUTTONY ON THE FOURTH

High-ranking chowhound Joey "Jaws" Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday's annual Coney Island hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner's belt. The San Jose, California, man fell far short of his record last year of 69 dogs and buns, but he still easily beat second-place finisher Matt Stonie, also of San Jose, who downed just 56.

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INDEPENDENCE HALL

Vice President Joe Biden, addressing the annual "Celebration of Freedom" ceremony at Independence Hall, said the lessons of the civil rights movement show that the struggle for freedom that began in Philadelphia more than two centuries ago is not over.

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EX-PATS IN CANADA

Julie Buchanan, treasurer of Democrats Abroad, planned to celebrate at a Toronto bar with red, white and blue sparklers, about 125 of her American ex-pat friends, and life-size cut-outs of President Barack Obama and the first lady.

"We really miss the patriotism of America; so many of us crave that sense of pride and camaraderie from back home," said Buchanan, an Alabama native who moved to Toronto from Memphis, Tennessee, in 2000.

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MOSCOW PARTIES

The national anthems of both Russia and the United States played at the traditional July 4 garden party held at the stately residence of the American ambassador in Moscow. But far fewer Russians than usual came, either because they were unwilling to be seen associating with American diplomats or because their anti-American statements had gotten them scratched off of the guest list.

The other big Independence Day party in Moscow, organized by the American Chamber of Commerce, takes place Sunday and, in a break from tradition, is being held at a private golf and polo club instead of a city park. Security appears to have been a concern for the change.

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