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In pictures: US Independence Day

Fireworks in Chicago

Fireworks fill the sky, marking the anniversary of US independence along the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago.

Boy cheers at independence day celebrations in Miami

At an Independence Day parade in Miami, a boy cheers as a float full of sweets passes by.

President Bush in West Virginia

President George W Bush spent Independence Day with military members and their families at a base in West Virginia.

Barack Obama in Ohio

Democrat Barack Obama was one of several presidential candidates who chose to mark 4 July in Iowa - a critical early-voting state in the primary elections.

Bill and Hillary Clinton in Clear Lake

The town of Clear Lake in Iowa welcomed Democrat Hillary Clinton to its 4 July parade. Her husband, former US President Bill Clinton, accompanied her.

Mitt Romney

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney also appeared at the Clear Lake parade to meet his supporters. He exchanged a brief greeting with the Clintons.






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