A soldier salutes the flag
A sailor salutes the American flag during a Boston Pops fireworks spectacular in Massachusetts.

A parade in Illinois
A soldier rides with American Legion and VFW members during a 4th of July parade in Illinois.

Independence Day Marine Corps style
Contestants battle it out in a pugil stick arena during an Independence Day beach bash hosted by the Marine Corps Community Services Camp Pendleton, in California.

desert parade float
Soldiers form a desert parade float as a part of an Independence Day weekend festivities at COB Basra in Iraq.

Over 1,000 recruits re-enlist
Twenty-first century patriots: Over 1,100 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines deployed to Iraq re-enlist on the 4th of July during the largest re-enlistment ceremony ever held.

Fireworks over mt. rushmore

Fireworks explode over Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.