Americans celebrate the 236th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
The Boston Pops Orchestra performs during rehearsal for their Fourth of July concert at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, July 3, 2012.
U.S. soldiers cut a cake during U.S. Independence Day celebrations in Kabul, July 4, 2012.
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, East Rutherford, New Jersey, July 3, 2012.
Ayden Massey, 19 months old, of Seoul, watches the band "Absolute" from the Philippines performing at 4th of July celebrations at US Army Garrison-Yongsan in South Korea, July 4, 2012. (S.L. Herman/VOA)