AP photos: The U.S. celebrates the Fourth of July
Published: July 5, 2013 08:00AM
Updated: July 4, 2013 10:47PM
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Visitors to the Statue of Liberty disembark onto Liberty Island from the first ferry to leave Manhattan, Thursday, July 4, 2013 at in New York. The Statue of Liberty finally reopened on the Fourth of July months after Superstorm Sandy swamped its little island in New York Harbor as Americans across the country marked the holiday with fireworks and barbecues. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Fireworks lit up the sky above cities and towns across the U.S. in July Fourth celebrations. The shows followed a day of parades, concerts, and in New York City, the reopening of the Statue of Liberty, which had been shuttered by Superstorm Sandy.

Here’s a gallery of images from Independence Day preparations and celebrations.