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 2013 Fourth of July display in Washington D.C. illuminates the U.S. Capitol and National Monument. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

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

Lightning and fireworks illuminate the Empire State Plaza Thursday in Albany, N.Y. (Will Waldron/Times Union/AP)

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

Spectators watch a fireworks show Thursday, July 4, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz., where 19 Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters were killed Sunday by an out-of-control blaze being called the Yarnell Hill fire. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

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, Thursday, July 4, 2013, in New York City. (John Minchillo/AP)

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 in Paris, Texas, on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (Sam Craft/The Paris News/AP)

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 Thursday, July 4, 2013. (Alex Brandon/AP)

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

Fireworks light up the sky over New York City on Thursday, July 4, 2013, from a view in Weehawken, N.J. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

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

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