Photos: Fourth of July Fireworks Bedazzle the Skies

The 238th Fourth of July celebrations made for a dazzling display.

Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Philadelphia, Pa. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art Thursday, July 4, 2013, in Philadelphia, Pa.

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Photographers dragged the shutter and widened their apertures for the Fourth of July, America's annual light show celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Here is the evening in photographs: 

The Fourth of July display in Washington D.C. illuminates the U.S. Capitol and Washington National Monument.

Lightning and fireworks light up the Empire State Plaza in Albany, N.Y. 

Spectators watch a fireworks show in Prescott, Ariz., where 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters were killed Sunday by an out-of-control blaze being called the Yarnell Hill fire. 

Three sets of fireworks explode behind the Empire State Building during Macy's 37th Annual Fourth of July fireworks show in New York City.

Fireworks explode behind a replica of the Eiffel Tower Wednesday in Paris, Texas.

A view over the Potomac River of the Lincoln Memorial, center, the Washington National Monument and the U.S. Capitol. 

Weehawken, N.J., a popular destination for photographing fireworks over the New York City skyline, on Thursday.

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