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Happy Independence Day! New York and Washington lead the nation in Fourth of July fireworks celebrations

By Fiona Roberts

Last updated at 5:56 AM on 5th July 2011

The nation’s most extravagant display of July 4 fireworks was a triumphant celebration that turned solemn briefly to commemorate the 10-year mark since the September 11 attacks.

Tens of thousands of people from all over the world streamed to Manhattan’s West Side to see the pyrotechnics show over the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey, featuring more than 40,000 shells exploding in choreographed, multicolored progression.

The show, sponsored by Macy’s, paid tribute to the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty’s d

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