2012 Fourth of July Fireworks Displays

Although the Fourth of July fireworks display in San Diego was a great big fizzle, displays around the rest of the country went off as planned. [31 photos total]

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Fireworks light up the sky over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP / Matt Rourke) #
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The Empire State Building, illuminated with red, white and blue lights, is seen from the Queens borough of New York, backlit by fireworks over the Hudson River, during the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in New York. (AP / Frank Franklin II) #
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The Empire State Building, illuminated with red, white and blue lights, is seen from the Queens borough of New York, backlit by fireworks over the Hudson River, during the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in New York. (AP / Frank Franklin II) #
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The Empire State Building, illuminated with red, white and blue lights, is seen from the Queens borough of New York, backlit by fireworks lighting up the sky over the Hudson River, during the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in New York. (AP / Frank Franklin II) #
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Fireworks light up the sky over the Hudson River during the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show as seen from New York on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (AP / CX Matiash) #
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Fireworks light up the sky during the annual Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display over the Hudson River as seen from New York, Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (AP / Jeffrey Furticella) #
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Fireworks light up the sky during the annual Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display over the Hudson River as seen from Bayonne, N.J., Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (AP / Julio Cortez) #
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Spectators watch as fireworks light up the sky over the Hudson River during the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in New York. (AP / John Minchillo) #
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Spectators watch as fireworks light up the sky over the Hudson River during the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in New York. (AP / John Minchillo) #
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Spectators watch as fireworks light up the sky over the Hudson River during the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in New York. (AP / John Minchillo) #
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Spectators watch as fireworks light up the sky over the Hudson River during the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in New York. (AP / John Minchillo) #
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Amateur fireworks explode near Riverview Park in Jersey City, N.J., with the New York City skyline as a backdrop, Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (AP / Julio Cortez) #
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Amateur fireworks explode over Hoboken, N.J., in front of the Empire State Building, right, as lightning, left, strikes across the sky seen from Riverview Park in Jersey City, N.J., Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (AP / Julio Cortez) #
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The full moon rises over Brooklyn as amateur fireworks explode are viewed from Bayonne, N.J., Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (AP / Julio Cortez) #
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Spectators watch fireworks light up the sky during the annual Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display over the Hudson River as seen from Bayonne, N.J., Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (AP / Julio Cortez) #
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Fireworks light the sky over the U.S. Capitol, left, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, as seen from Arlington, Va. (AP / Alex Brandon) #
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Bill Sandidge, left, and Nancy Koughan, of Decatur, Ga., watch a fireworks display on the field following a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP / David Goldman) #
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The Thunder on the Mountain fireworks show is seen in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday July 4, 2012, from the hospital parking deck at the Children's Hospital. Part of the top floor of the deck is blocked off so patients can watch the fireworks show from one of the best vantage points in the city. (The Birmingham News / Joe Songer) #
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The Thunder on the Mountain fireworks show is seen in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday July 4, 2012, from the hospital parking deck at the Children's Hospital. Part of the top floor of the deck is blocked off so patients can watch the fireworks show from one of the best vantage points in the city. (The Birmingham News / Joe Songer) #
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Fireworks light up the sky against the backdrop of a full moon during a Fourth of July celebration in Kansas City, Kan., Tuesday, July 3, 2012. (AP / Charlie Riedel) #
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Spectators watch the Valley Fourth fireworks show from the Turner Pavilion lawn in Harrisonburg, Va., Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (Daily News-Record / Justin Falls) #
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Spectators watch the Valley Fourth fireworks show from the Turner Pavilion lawn in Harrisonburg, Va., Wednesday, July 4, 2012. (Daily News-Record / Justin Falls) #
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Fireworks explode over the Hollywood Bowl on July 3, 2012 in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Bowl puts on more than a dozen shows using pyrotechnics throughout the year. (AP / Grant Hindsley) #
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Spectators watch fireworks streak across the sky during the Fanfare and Fireworks celebration at the University of Florida on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. (The Gainesville Sun / Matt Stamey) #
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Spectators watch fireworks streak across the sky during the Fanfare and Fireworks celebration at the University of Florida on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. (The Gainesville Sun / Matt Stamey) #
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A United States flag waves next to carnival rides as fireworks burst in the air during the Fourth of July Independence Day show at State Fair Meadowlands, Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP / Julio Cortez) #
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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, Tuesday, July 3, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP / Julio Cortez) #
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Fireworks explode over the Hollywood Bowl on July 3, 2012 in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Bowl puts on more than a dozen shows using pyrotechnics throughout the year. (AP / Grant Hindsley) #
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Fireworks explode over the skyline of downtown Denver during the third-annual Independence Eve at the City and County Building at Civic Center Park show on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. (AP / David Zalubowski) #
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Fourth of July fireworks are set off on Lake Winnipesaukee, Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Alton Bay, N.H. (AP / Jim Cole) #
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In this photo provided by Ben Baller, yachts are illuminated in the foreground as a malfunction causes the entire Fourth of July fireworks show to go off all at once over San Diego Bay near Coronado Island in San Diego, Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The Coast Guard said the mishap occurred minutes before the scheduled opening of the Big Bay Boom show. More than 500,000 people witnessed the short-lived spectacle. No injuries were reported. (AP / Ben Baller) #

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