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Fourth Of July Celebrations: 8 Quintessentially American Independence Festivities

It may be the most American of celebrations, but the Fourth of July is by no means a static observance. Sure, just the mention of Independence Day conjures up images of smoking grills, flag waving kids, and stars and stripes, but the ways of celebrating the holiday are as diverse as the people who live from sea to shining sea.

Here are eight variations on the classic July Fourth celebration. Some traditions are modern and some have their roots in America's earliest days, but each typifies a different time and place that is quintessentially America.

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