On Monday, millions of Americans donned the red, white, and blue — along with some good old stars and stripes — to celebrate the 240th birthday of the United States.
Airports and train terminals were as crowded as the highways, as the masses rushed to celebrate the holiday, attending annual parades and family cookouts before gawking at that most patriotic tradition: fireworks.
From rural towns to big cities, Americans always end the festivities with rockets of red glare and sounds of bombs bursting in air. The country spends roughtly a billion dollars on fireworks every year — and it shows. Get a glimpse of Independence Day in the U.S. this year in these photos from around the country.