Across the United States, Americans are celebrating 236 years of independence with backyard barbeques, family gatherings and, of course, fireworks.
While many celebrations have been scaled-down or canceled due to weather-related power outages and concerns of spreading wildfires amid dry, hot weather, many are still celebrating, albeit in less-than-traditional ways.
Hundreds of thousands from the Midwest to the Mid-Atlantic are spending the Fourth of July like America’s founders did in 1776, without the conveniences of electricity and air conditioning.
Fireworks on the National Mall in Washington are planned to go forward.
Here’s a running photo gallery, updated throughout the day, of celebrations across the U.S.
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