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America Celebrates 4th of July

July 4, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ From sea to shining sea, Americans are celebrating the Fourth of July.

New York’s annual Macy’s fireworks display starts at sundown over the East River.

In Philadelphia, where the Continental Congress declared the nation’s independence 225 years ago, there will be a reading of the Declaration of Independence. President Bush will be delivering a Fourth of July speech there before flying back to Washington in time to watch the fireworks from the White House South Lawn.

The Boston Pops will be performing on the Charles River Esplanade, ending with the 1812 overture and fireworks over the city.

And naturalization ceremonies will be held throughout the country.

And what would the Fourth of July be without the annual Nathan’s hot-dog eating contest in New York? A 100-pound mattress salesman from Japan won the competition last year.

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