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Warren celebrates Fourth of July with 70th annual parade

Independence Day celebrations were on in full force in Warren and across the nation on Tuesday.

Hundreds of parade-goers lined Pennsylvania Avenue in Warren for the 70th Annual Fourth of July Parade. The John Gertsch Post 77 Color Guard got the show started at 11 a.m., and the Lions Club of Warren brought up the rear a little after 1 p.m.

Dozens of floats consisting of local businesses, sports teams, fire departments, politicians, bands, dance teams, and churches marched through the street tossing out candy to children.

Elsewhere, Tuesday’s festivities stretched from fireworks 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.

Some Fourth of July highlights from around the United States:

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DAYLONG PARTY IN PHILLY

In Philadelphia, where the Founding Fathers approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, a daylong national birthday party took place.

At a celebration of freedom ceremony at Independence Hall on Tuesday morning, members of Boyz II Men read excerpts from the document, and a parade was held through the city’s historic area. Descendants of some of the signers of the Declaration were to take part in the annual ceremonial tapping of the Liberty Bell later Tuesday.

Then, hundreds of thousands were expected to attend a party on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with hours of free music capped by a concert by Mary J. Blige and ending with the annual fireworks display.

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A FIRST FOR TRUMP

For President Donald Trump’s first Independence Day in office, he and first lady Melania Trump hosted a picnic for military families at the White House.

Rain threatened the event on the South Lawn, but cleared up as Trump stepped out to address the crowd from a balcony.

Trump pledged his “unwavering support” and told the crowd that he will “always have your back.”

Before the picnic, Trump kicked off his holiday at his golf club in Virginia. The president arrived at the club in Sterling just before 10 a.m. and spent nearly four hours there before returning to the White House. Aides did not answer questions about whether he was golfing.

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WELCOMING NEW AMERICANS

More than 15,000 new citizens will be sworn in during more than 65 Independence Day-themed naturalization ceremonies across the country. They are taking place in locales ranging from courthouses to parks to aircraft-carriers-turned-museums.

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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAY

Residents of the southern Utah ski resort town of Brian Head were planning a fireworks-free celebration, having returned home just this past Friday after a wildfire forced evacuations in the town two weeks earlier.

“None of us even knew if we were going to be open for the Fourth of July,” Brian Head Resort spokesman Mark Wilder said.

The alpine town is near several national monuments and parks in Utah’s red rock country. Brian Head is normally filled with vendors selling crafts and food on the holiday, one of the biggest celebrated at the resort and the start of the area’s festival season, Wilder said.

But he said the town has suspended its fireworks show this year because the area is still too dry and ripe for fires.

“I’m sure people are disappointed with that, but better safe than sorry,” Wilder said.

Meanwhile, at California’s Squaw Valley ski resort, skiers were poised to enjoy a rare July Fourth on the slopes. It’s only the fourth time the resort has ever been open in July.

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(Associated Press writers from around the U.S. contributed to this report.)

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