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July 4: From fireworks to hot dog eating contests

(AP) -- The nation celebrates its independence today with more than a few explosions of colorful fireworks and plenty of backyard barbecues.

Thousands will camp out near the Washington Monument, eagerly awaiting the festivities. And for those in Boston, the annual Boston Pops concert is a must.

For some die-hards, there's still skiable snow from California to Colorado.

And Coney Island features the annual Nathan's July Fourth hot dog eating contest. This year, for the first time, Nathan's will sponsor separate competitions for men and women, and they'll split the $20,000 prize money.

Akron, Ohio, has the Rib, White & Blue Food Festival. And then, there are Nevada's casinos. They're promising a pyrotechnics extravaganza that could be a gambler's best bet.

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