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A costumed man cheers during a show outside the National Archives to celebrate Independence Day on July 4, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Americans celebrate the Fourth of July, 2017

Americans are celebrating their country’s 241st birthday with big-time fireworks, small-town parades and the quirky spectacle of competitive hot dog eating.

Tuesday’s festivities stretch from a baseball home run derby in London to a picnic at the White House to a Utah ski town where residents initially weren’t even sure they’d be home for Independence Day after recent wildfires.

For all the pomp and celebration, July Fourth arrives with Americans deeply split over the nation’s direction, after last year’s presidential election and political clashes over immigration, health care and other issues in the early months of Trump’s Republican administration. And in an era of concerns about security, the Independence Day celebrations are mixed with precautions. (AP)

Here are some highlights from the holiday weekend.

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