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On Coney Island, Joey Chestnut ate his way to a sixth straight win at the Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, tying his personal best in a sweaty, gag-inducing spectacle. The 28-year-old nicknamed “Jaws” scarfed down 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes in the sweltering summer heat to take home $10,000 and the mustard-yellow belt.

The city’s celebration was expected to capped with the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show off Manhattan later in the night, with 40,000 aerial shells will be launched from five barges.

Many Americans abandoned their holiday plans after going without power from violent storms that hit Friday across the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

Jeanette Oliver had planned to have her relatives over to her Vineland, N.J., home, but the ongoing power outage forced her to change those plans on the fly this week.

“They had been saying most people would have (electrical) service back by Wednesday, but we didn’t want to risk having a big party in a home where you couldn’t turn on the air conditioning, you couldn’t turn on a TV or a computer” Oliver said outside a supermarket early Wednesday. “Several people in our family are elderly, and you don’t want them suffering with the heat and being uncomfortable.”

Sarah Lenkay and her roommates, who lost power in Columbus, Ohio, Friday evening, didn’t have power back until around midnight Wednesday. They weren’t too excited about the holiday, because the last few days have been so miserable.

“I’m just enjoying the comfort of my home right now, and cleaning and getting things in order,” she said. “So I’m not really doing much. It feels great.”

Associated Press writers Tom Hayes and Colleen Long in New York, Bruce Shipkowski in Toms River, N.J., Julie Pace in Washington, Kasie Hunt in Wolfeboro, N.H., and Barbara Rodriguez in Columbus, Ohio, contributed to this report.