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We hold these truths these sparklers, burgers and bugles to be self evident.

All over Yonder, we’re celebrating Independence Day. And as Bill of Rights abiding citizens, we’ll do that in accordance with our own principles, thank you very much.

There’s the pursuit of happiness, sparkling with festivity in Cave City, Kentucky. There’s endurance in South Louisiana. And there’s mourning for our war dead across much of rural America.

Thanks to photo editor Shawn Poynter for this Fourth of July slideshow. It recognizes those who vote, those who protest, the soldier and the pacifist as patriots, all.