Americans Celebrate Independence DayBy VOA News
04 July 2008
Hilary Wiggins distributes small American flags before start of Boston Pops rehearsal in Boston, Mass., 03 Jul 2008 Americans across the United States are celebrating Independence Day Friday, commemorating the country's birth as a nation 232 years ago.
July 4, 1776, was the day delegates from the 13 original American colonies officially declared independence from Britain.
A concert and a giant fireworks show are annual holiday traditions in Washington, D.C., as is a hot dog eating contest at New York's Coney Island.
President George Bush is due to deliver remarks in the southeastern U.S. state of Virginia at the home of Thomas Jefferson - the author of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the country's third president.
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is participating in a parade in the north-central state of Montana. Republican candidate John McCain in his home state of Arizona, in the southwest.