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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 July, 2003, 00:51 GMT 01:51 UK
In pictures: US Independence Day
Fireworks at the Arch, St Louis, Missouri
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Fireworks lit the sky as Americans celebrated 227 years of the country's independence.
A person dressed as Mickey Mouse rides US soldiers during a parade at Disneyland in Anaheim, California
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Colourful parades were held all over the country...
An Elvis Presley impersonators in Avondale Estates, Georgia
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...with traditional Elvis Presley impersonators...
Members of the Zany Band march during a parade in Avondale Estates, Georgia
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...and cheerleaders performing for cheering crowds.
Contestants eating hot dogs in New York
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New York staged its famous annual Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest.
President George W Bush greets US Air Force members at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio
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President George W Bush used the occasion to praise US troops at home and abroad.
US soldiers in Iraq hold a beach party
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US soldiers from the 4th Battalion 64th Armor Combat Team celebrated on the beach.
Anti-war protest in Philadelphia
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Anti-war campaigners held rallies against US involvement in Iraq.
A family relaxes in St Louis, Missouri
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For some all the festivities were just too much to take in a single day.

Sombre celebrations for US Iraq troops
04 Jul 03  |  Middle East


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