A woman wears a 'USA' hat in front of the Lincoln Memorial

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A patriot from another country

Victoria Kiely of Ireland wears a USA headband on July 4 as she and others wait near the Lincoln Memorial for the fireworks in Washington, D.C., to begin.


Revelers gathered on Wednesday around the country to eat hot dogs, set off fireworks and celebrate the 236th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, which was signed on July 4, 1776.


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Fireworks are set off in front of a crowd of people sitting on a lawn

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Celebrating America from home and abroad

U.S. soldiers and their families watch fireworks during Fourth of July festivities at the U.S. military base in Baumholder, Germany.


Back in the U.S., President Barack Obama and the first family invited hundreds of military service members and their families to the South Lawn of the White House for a barbecue and a live concert featuring Brad Paisley and the Marine Corps band.


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A little girl sits on the shoudler of a woman while they watch fireworks

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A better view

Nicola McIntosh lifts Jada Weekes onto her shoulders for a better vantage point during a fireworks display along the Hudson River in Manhattan.


Although most fireworks displays across the country went off without a hitch, one notable fireworks "fail" happened during San Diego's Big Bay Boom, one of the largest fireworks displays in the country. Dubbed the "Big Bay Bust," a glitch caused the fireworks to ignite all at once, compressing the time of the planned 18-minute-long pyrotechnics show into less than 30 seconds and frightening neighbors.


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Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.

Photos: Fireworks light up the sky on America's birthday
Millions of revelers gathered throughout the country and even beyond America's borders to eat hot dogs, set off fireworks and celebrate the 236th anniversary of