Fourth of July Celebrations Around the Country

- Throughout the northeast Hurricane Arthur is forcing people to re-think their holiday plans, but that isn't stopping the July fourth celebrations.

Danielle Leigh is in Washington with a look at how people around the country and around the world are recognizing the nation's birthday.

"In america, in america!" in America's birthplace, Philadelphia recognized Independence Day, with parade and ceremony, even as remnants of Hurricane Arthur, forced people to take cover. Vice President Joe Biden reflected on the principles of equality, That united the nation's founding fathers 238 years ago".

"Thats what we are celebrating today the continuation and the expansion of the notion that all men are created equal." President Obama celebrated from the white house, with a naturalization ceremony. Where he emphasized the important role of immigrants in history. "As americans we have done big things together."

As Arthur moves toward Canada, cities throughout the north east are rescheduling fireworks shows and festivities in anticipation of trouble. Boston lit up the sky one night early...

As always, sizzling grills are serving up traditional american fair, hot dogs and hamburgers and party eager hosts are mixing patriotic cocktails. "Give it a slow, simple shake.."

And in Kuwait, they celebrated with a 10k run. "... Makes you feel a little more connected so it's great."

Rio De Janeiro even recognized America's birthday bathing it's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in red white and blue. Later tonight, friends and families around the country will end their celebration, watching spectacles like this one illuminating the night sky.

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