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The annual light displays in celebration of Independence Day.

Fireworks explode over the National Mall to mark the United States' Independence Day on July 4, 2015. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode over the National Mall to mark the United States' Independence Day on July 4, 2015. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Fireworks on the National Mall on July 4th, 2015.  (Anthony Quintano/Flickr)
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Malia Obama watch the Fourth of July fireworks from the roof of the White House in 2014. (Pete Souza/Official White House)
Independence Day fireworks are seen over the US Capitol and Washington Monument in Washington, DC on July 4, 2013.  (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather at the Lincoln Memorial to watch fireworks in celebration of Fourth of July on July 4, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Independence Day fireworks are seen over the US Capitol and the Washington Monument on July 4, 2013. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
People watch fireworks during an Independence Day celebration event in downtown Washington, DC on July 4, 2014. (Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images)
Spectators look up at the July Fourth fireworks on the National Mall in 2010. (deejayqueue/Flickr)
Fireworks above the National Monument on July 4, 2012. (m01229/Flickr)
Fireworks on the National Mall on July 4, 2013.  (Stefan Ogrisek/Flickr)
People watch a fireworks display from the Lincoln Memorial on July 4, 2008. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
Fireworks illuminate the night sky above the Washington Monument on July 4, 2012. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Fourth of July fireworks as seen from the Key Bridge in 2009. (kmf164/Flickr)
Spectators line the National Mall to view the Fourth of July fireworks display on July 4, 2000. (Shawn Thew/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode over the Washington Monument, encased in scaffolding for restoration work, Fourth Of July, 1999.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Independence Day fireworks are seen over the US Capitol and Washington Monument on July 4, 2013. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
Fireworks light up the statue of Simon Bolivar during Independence Day celebrations on July 4, 2013. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
Fourth of July fireworks over the water in 2012.  (m01229/Flickr)
People watch fireworks at the National Mall on July 4, 2009. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

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