U.S. celebrates the Fourth of July
2012-07-04 08:28:05 GMT2012-07-04 16:28:05(Beijing Time)
A photographer takes a picture of the PNC American Flag balloon as it's inflated in honor of America for Independence Day on the De Baun Athletic Complex at Stevens Institute of Technology on July 3, 2012 in Hoboken, New Jersey. The 53 by 78 foot balloon is the world's largest free-flying American flag, weighs 530 pounds and is being flown in the upcoming 30th annual NJ Festival of Ballooning.
Kaitlyn Urbanek carries a flag students made at a daycare during the annual First Baptist Church's Weekday Education Fourth of July parade in Oxford, Miss. on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. (AP Photo)
Cold pyrotechnic sparklers are ignited on the bell podium as executives and guests of Macyís Inc., and Miss America 2012, Laura Kaeppeler, ring the New York Stock Exchange closing bell, Tuesday July 3, 2012, to kick-off the 36th Annual Macyís 4th of July Fireworks. Trading volume was light with the market closing early and many investors already taking off for the Fourth of July holiday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
n a Sunday, July 1, 2012 photo, Spud Byrd, of Bowling Green, Ky., paints a star on a 300-foot by 600-foot American flag in the front yard of Robert and Doris Burr's home in Bowling Green, Ky. Burr, with Ken Cardwell, has been pairing the huge flag for 10 years. Cardwell said this year is the last one for the familiar July Fourth sight. (AP Photo/Daily News, Joe Imel)
Wayne Matthew holds a rope as he helps a crew raising a hot air balloon shaped like the U.S. flag at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Sophie Katz, 4, of Hoboken, runs on the athletic field at Stevens Institute of Technology, where a large hot air balloon draped with the colors of the U.S. flag was being deflated, Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Hoboken, N.J. The balloon, which is part of the Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning held at the end of of July at Solberg Airport in Readington, N.J., flew over the athletic field in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. (AP)
Americans across the country celebrate Independence Day.