Fireworks are seen over the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial in Washington, July 4, 2012. (B. Allen/VOA)
Fireworks are seen from the National Mall, Washington, July 4, 2012. (M. Lipin/VOA)
Banners with the United States flag colors wave as fireworks burst in the air during the Fourth of July Independence Day show at State Fair Meadowlands, East Rutherford, New Jersey, July 3, 2012.
Crowds of people arrived hours early to get the best spots to watch the fireworks, Washington, July 4, 2012. (M. Lipin/VOA)