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Members of the Native Sons of the Golden West carry a large American flag during the annual Fourth of July parade in Sausalito, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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Marco Garcia holds his dog Mickey during the Keystone Heights, Fla., during the 43rd annual Our Country Day celebration of the Fourth of July. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack)

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Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was shot and killed by his girlfriend three years ago Fourth of July. (Associated Press)

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This holiday libation will surely offend purists, but the "Patriotic Red, White and Blue Martini" has got the color combination to truly celebrate the Fourth of July. (Hpnotiq)

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This holiday libation will surely offend purists, but the "Patriotic Red, White and Blue Martini" has got the color combination to truly celebrate the Fourth of July. (Hpnotiq)

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Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was shot and killed by his girlfriend three years ago Fourth of July. (Associated Press)

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As American as apple pie, these flaky phyllo cigars let you enjoy Fourth of July feasting without giving up your healthy-eating habits. (Associated Press)

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Try something a little different this year for your Fourth of July celebration by putting marinated lamb on the grill. (Associated Press)

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Try something a little different this year for your Fourth of July celebration by putting marinated lamb on the grill. (Associated Press)

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The July 4th fireworks are some of the best in the country, and about the only time when watching D.C. literally blow up tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money is even mildly enjoyable

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As American as apple pie, these flaky phyllo cigars let you enjoy Fourth of July feasting without giving up your healthy-eating habits. (Associated Press)

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Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, here at a July 4th tea party rally in Philadelphia, is proving to be a compelling figure on the campaign circuit. After speaking at conservative summit Sunday in Denver, he won the straw poll by a wide margin. (Associated Press)

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, shakes hands with Molly Graybill while marching in a July Fourth parade in Amherst, N.H. (AP Photo)

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Republican presidential candidates and fellow Mormons Mitt Romney (left) and Jon Huntsman Jr., were all smiles before the start of the Fourth of July parade this year in Amherst, N.H. "It's not so much that the church is more or less accepted, it's that you have two well-qualified candidates who happen to be LDS," Quin Monson of Brigham Young University said. (Associated Press)

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney works the crowd as he marches in the Fourth of July parade in Amherst, N.H., on July 4, 2011. (Associated Press)

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PYROTECHNICS: Fourth of July fireworks light up the sky over the National Mall on Monday night, to the delight of tens of thousands of rapt spectators. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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The Palisades Pop Stars, including Lily Shafroth (center), 18, of Washington, dance their way down MacArthur Boulevard Northwest in Washington on Monday, July 4, 2011, as part of the Palisades July Fourth parade. The girls decided it would be fun to march, so they donned costumes and called themselves the Pop Stars. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown has a tender moment with his daughter, 9-year-old Lauren, next to his black Jeep before the two march in the 45th annual Palisades July Fourth parade in Washington on Monday, July 4, 2011. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Martha Washington, aka Lalie Tongour, of Washington cools off her dog, Huxley, while marching with the St. Patrick's Episcopal Church contingent in the 45th annual Palisades July Fourth parade. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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"Ward 4!" yells D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser during the annual Palisades July Fourth parade in Washington. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)