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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)

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Annalee Ash of Washington tosses out red and blue beads to the crowd while marching with the Taxation Without Representation group 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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D.C. Council member Vincent Orange hands out orange beads to spectators along MacArthur Boulevard Northwest in the Palisades neighborhood of Washington during the Palisades July Fourth parade. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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"D-Rock" conducts the Different Drummers band as they march in the 45th annual Palisades July Fourth parade. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Two-year-old Annie DelGuercio of Washington is patriotic in red, white and blue while watching the Palisades July Fourth parade. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Jack Evans prepares to throw candy to spectators during the 45th annual Palisades July Fourth parade in Washington. The parade has become a local tradition, and council members usually attend, often handing out candy, stickers and other freebies. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (center) hands out copies of the U.S. Constitution to spectators along MacArthur Boulevard Northwest during the annual Palisades July Fourth parade. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Jack Campanella, 9, of Chevy Chase, Md., rides atop a float during the 45th annual Palisades July Fourth parade in Washington. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Spectators wave flags as the USS Constitution fires its cannons off Castle Island in Boston on its annual Fourth of July turn around Boston Harbor on Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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Members of the Old Guard Presidential Salute Battery move a cannon into position on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sunday, July 3, 2011, in preparation for Monday's Fourth of July celebration. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)