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US celebrates July 4th with fireworks, parades

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NEW YORK (AP) — People across the U.S. are marking the 4th of July with parades, fireworks, barbecues — and competitive eating.

President Barack Obama plans to host a barbecue at the White House to celebrate the nation's 235th Independence Day. Thousands of revelers are preparing to camp out near the Washington Monument to catch a glimpse of the fireworks.

In New York City, more than 40,000 fireworks will be ignited on floating barges. The gigantic Macy's fireworks show boasts it's the largest in the country. This year, Beyonce and Brad Paisley are slated to perform.

Earlier in the day, Coney Island will host the annual Nathan's July Fourth hot dog eating contest. Champion Joey Chestnut is looking to win his fifth title.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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