VOA - July 04, 2011
On the day known informally as the Fourth of July, U.S. citizens celebrate with parades, picnics, ball games, and concerts. Fourth of July decorations feature the colors of the American flag - red, white, and blue.
Traditional fireworks will light up the nighttime skies over small towns and major cities, including Washington, New York and Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence was signed.
One hundred new citizens will be sworn in at Mount Vernon, in the state of Virginia outside Washington, D.C., the home of the first U.S. president George Washington. The current president, Barack Obama, will host members of the military and their families for a White House barbecue and concert.
On a lighter note, New York City's beach resort area, Coney Island, celebrates with an annual hot dog-eating contest on July 4. Contenders have 10 minutes to eat as many hot dogs and buns as possible. World champion Joey Chestnut won for the fifth year in a row, but did not break his 2009 record of 68 hot dogs. The women's winner, Sonya Thomas, ate 40 hot dogs.
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