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Fireworks explode over Washington as the United States celebrates its 234th birthday,  Sunday, July 4, 2010. Seen from left is the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Photo by: Cliff Owen
Fireworks explode over Washington as the United States celebrates its 234th birthday, Sunday, July 4, 2010. Seen from left is the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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