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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)

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This cannon will be fired by members of the Old Guard Presidential Salute Battery on the Fourth of July during celebrations at the U.S. Capitol and on the National Mall. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY DREW ANGERER/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Salute Guns Platoon move a cannon into position for Monday's Fourth of July celebration on the Mall near the U.S. Capitol, seen in the background (top). The platoon fires the cannon during the performance of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture." The team positions one of the cannons to be used (above).

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Rep. Thaddeus G. McCotter, Michigan Republican, riffs on his star-spangled Fender Telecaster guitar, much to the delight of supporters, shortly after announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination at WAAM radio's Fourth of July weekend Freedom Fest in Whitmore Lake, Mich., on Saturday. (Associated Press)

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People gather on the streets in downtown Bellevue, Iowa, after a horse got loose, trampling people at a Fourth of July parade on Sunday, July 4, 2010, killing one woman and injuring 23. (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Mike Burley)

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The skyline of Midtown Manhattan, seen from across the East River in the Queens borough of New York, is backlit by shells exploding over the Hudson River during the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show Sunday, July 4, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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Pearl Harbor survivor Cecil Malmin salutes during the 4th of July parade Sunday, July 4, 2010, in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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People aboard a float from Miami Kiteboarding participate in a Fourth of July parade in Key Biscayne, Fla., Sunday, July 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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A child is hauled away on a stretcher after horses got loose, trampling many parade goers at a Fourth of July parade in downtown Bellevue, Iowa, on Sunday, July 4, 2010. A woman was killed and 23 persons, including many children, were injured. (AP Photo/Telegraph Herald, Mike Burley)'

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A child is tended to by onlookers after horses got loose, trampling people at a Fourth of July parade in downtown Bellevue, Iowa, on Sunday, July 4, 2010, leaving one woman dead and 23 persons injured. (AP Photo/The Telegraph Herald, Mike Burley)

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Savannah Hogue, 2, of Severna Park, Md., dips a toe in a fountain near the Washington Monument on a hot Fourth of July, Independence Day, afternoon in Washington Sunday, July 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)