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Beachgoers play with a volleyball while enjoying the holiday at the main mall at Jones Beach. (July 4, 2012)

Celebrating July 4th around Long Island

Long Islanders celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, picnics and parades.

Beachgoers play with a volleyball while enjoying the
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Beachgoers play with a volleyball while enjoying the holiday at the main mall at Jones Beach. (July 4, 2012)

Beachgoers enjoy the water at Jones Beach while
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Beachgoers enjoy the water at Jones Beach while celebrating the nation's birthday. (July 4, 2012)

Beachgoers play catch while enjoying the holiday at
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Beachgoers play catch while enjoying the holiday at the main mall at Jones Beach. (July 4, 2012)

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Beachgoers have fun playing with a volleyball while
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Beachgoers have fun playing with a volleyball while enjoying the holiday at the main mall at Jones Beach. (July 4, 2012)

A beach goer catches a football while enjoying
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A beach goer catches a football while enjoying the holiday at the main mall at Jones Beach. (July 4, 2012)

There was a large crowd at the main
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There was a large crowd at the main mall at Jones Beach. (July 4, 2012)

Beachgoers play with a volleyball while enjoying the
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Beachgoers play with a volleyball while enjoying the holiday at Jones Beach. (July 4, 2012)

Beach goers show off their swimsuits while enjoying
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Beach goers show off their swimsuits while enjoying the holiday at the main mall at Jones Beach. (July 4, 2012)

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Beachgoers play with a volleyball while enjoying the
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Beachgoers play with a volleyball while enjoying the holidy at the main mall at Jones Beach. (July 4, 2012)

Beachgoers shower off the salt after enjoying the
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Beachgoers shower off the salt after enjoying the holiday at the main mall at Jones Beach. (July 4, 2012)

Passengers aboard the
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Passengers aboard the "Moonchaser" enjoy Grucci fireworks above the Great South Bay. (July 4, 2012)

Beach goers enjoy a game of volleyball at
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Beach goers enjoy a game of volleyball at Jones Beach on Wednesday while celebrating our country's birthday. (July 4, 2012)

Lifeguards at Jones Beach head out into the
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Lifeguards at Jones Beach head out into the water for a workout in the morning on July Fourth, one of the biggest beach days of the year. (July 4, 2012)

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Lifeguards take a July Fourth portrait at Jones
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Lifeguards take a July Fourth portrait at Jones Beach. (July 4, 2012)

A large holiday crowd gathers at the main
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A large holiday crowd gathers at the main mall at Jones Beach. (July 4, 2012)

Thousands gather for Southold Village Merchants 15th annual
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Thousands gather for Southold Village Merchants 15th annual 4th of July Parade. Marching bands, antique cars, pirates, horses, floats were all part of the march along Main Street in Southold. (July 4, 2012)

Thousands gather for Southold Village Merchants 15th annual
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Thousands gather for Southold Village Merchants 15th annual 4th of July Parade. Marching bands, antique cars, pirates, horses, floats were all part of the march along Main Street in Southold. (July 4, 2012)

Thousands gather for Southold Village Merchants 15th annual
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Thousands gather for Southold Village Merchants 15th annual 4th of July Parade. Marching bands, antique cars, pirates, horses, floats were all part of the march along Main Street in Southold. (July 4, 2012)

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Edmond Watkins grills at Eisenhower Park on Independence
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Edmond Watkins grills at Eisenhower Park on Independence Day. (July 4, 2012)

Oreo, Jimmy Miller's 12-year-old Percheron-Pinto, was dressed down
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Oreo, Jimmy Miller's 12-year-old Percheron-Pinto, was dressed down this Fourth of July. Miller, 56, of Mattituck, rode Oreo in the Southold Fourth of July parade. (July 4, 2012)

Julie Lefing climbed the Fire Island Lighthouse with
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Julie Lefing climbed the Fire Island Lighthouse with a friend, Brett Streisand of Huntington. (July 4, 2012)

Bill Costello and his daughter Greer enjoy July
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Bill Costello and his daughter Greer enjoy July Fourth ice cream in Sag Harbor. (July 4, 2012)

A patriotic beach in Sag Harbor. (July 4,
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A patriotic beach in Sag Harbor. (July 4, 2012)

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Jewell Gonzalez, 66, is part of the Southold
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Jewell Gonzalez, 66, is part of the Southold Village Merchants, which sponsored its 15th annual Fourth of July parade in the East End village. (July 4, 2012)

Boy Scout John Armstrong of Mt. Sinai celebrates
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Boy Scout John Armstrong of Mt. Sinai celebrates Independence Day by helping to raise flags for the Parade of American Flags at Heritage Park in Mt. Sinai. (July 4, 2012)

Abdul Hadi of Port Jefferson celebrates Independence Day
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Abdul Hadi of Port Jefferson celebrates Independence Day by helping to raise flags for the Parade of American Flags at Heritage Park in Mt. Sinai. (July 4, 2012)

Photo of the Parade of American Flags at
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Photo of the Parade of American Flags at Heritage Park in Mt. Sinai. (July 4, 2012)

Jack Murphy, a Civil War re-enactor at Old
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Jack Murphy, a Civil War re-enactor at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, finds shade on a porch during their Independence day festivities. (July 4, 2012)

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Civil War re-enactors at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
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Civil War re-enactors at Old Bethpage Village Restoration fire muskets during their Independence Day festivities. (July 4, 2012)

An actor dressed as a mayor tips his
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An actor dressed as a mayor tips his hat to the crowd during the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Independence Day 1861 re-enactment parade. (July 4, 2012)

An actor dressed as a priest tips his
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An actor dressed as a priest tips his hat to the crowd during the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Independence Day 1861 re-enactment parade. (July 4, 2012)

Members of the Old Bethpage Brass Band marched
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Members of the Old Bethpage Brass Band marched through the center of town during the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Independence Day 1861 re-enactment parade. (July 4, 2012)

An actor demonstrates how to carve a wooden
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An actor demonstrates how to carve a wooden duck decoy to a crowd of onlookers during the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Independence Day 1861 re-enactment. (July 4, 2012)

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From left, volunteers Cathy Mongello, of Levittown, and
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From left, volunteers Cathy Mongello, of Levittown, and Marianne Guglieri, of Lindenhurst, pose for a photo during the Old Bethpage Village Restoration's Independence Day 1861 re-enactment. (July 4, 2012)

Members of the 119th New York Volunteer Company
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Members of the 119th New York Volunteer Company H fired their rifles during a mock military drill at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration's Independence Day 1861 re-enactment. (July 4, 2012)

Emily Kobleck, 10, of Queens poses for a
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Emily Kobleck, 10, of Queens poses for a picture while purchasing a parasol from Francis Magaldi at the Old Bethpage Restoration Village's Independence Day 1861 re-enactment. (July 4, 2012)

Members of the 119th New York Volunteer Company
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Members of the 119th New York Volunteer Company H fired their rifles during a mock military drill at Old Bethpage Village Restoration's Independence Day 1861 re-enactment. (July 4, 2012)

Southhold Village Fourth of July parade. The parade
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Southhold Village Fourth of July parade. The parade sponsors, the Southold Village Merchants Association, gave away the balloons. (July 4, 2012)

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From left, Miss Wantagh 2011 Kara Arena, Miss
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From left, Miss Wantagh 2011 Kara Arena, Miss Wantagh 2010 Kelley Garland, Miss Wantagh 2009 Eden Held, Miss Wantagh 2012 Hailey Orgass, 2012 first runner-up Alyssa Kelly, 2012 second runner-up Paulina Renda and 2012 third runner-up Alyson Hopkins pose for photographs after the awards ceremony. (July 4, 2012)

Members of the Vietnam War Veterans of America
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Members of the Vietnam War Veterans of America receive applause from residents as they turn onto Wantagh Avenue during the Wantagh Fourth of July Parade. (July 4, 2012)

Bandit, a Yorkshire terrier, attends his ninth Wantagh
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Bandit, a Yorkshire terrier, attends his ninth Wantagh 4th of July Parade with owner Diana Stiklickas. (July 4, 2012)

Miss Wantagh finalists Alyssa Kelly, left, and Carly
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Miss Wantagh finalists Alyssa Kelly, left, and Carly Censi are chauffeured to the awards ceremony in a blue Ford Mustang convertible as part of the Wantagh Fourth of July Parade. Kelly was named first runner up in the contest, and Censi was named "Miss Congeniality." (July 4, 2012)

Hailey Orgass is crowned Miss Wantagh 2012, by
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Hailey Orgass is crowned Miss Wantagh 2012, by Kara Arena, left, who was Miss Wantagh 2011, and Nassau County Clerk Maureen O'Connell, right. The ceremony took place at Wantagh Elementary School on Beech Street. (July 4, 2012)

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Members of the Lynbrook-Rockville Centre chapter of the
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Members of the Lynbrook-Rockville Centre chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians band play bagpipes and drums as they march down Beech Street during the Wantagh Fourth of July Parade. (July 4, 2012)

Miguel Clemente, 19, of Ronkonkoma, spent his Fourth
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Miguel Clemente, 19, of Ronkonkoma, spent his Fourth of July selling ice cream at Jones Beach. (July 4, 2012)

From left, Nick Klemuk, 67, Jon Foster, 69,
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From left, Nick Klemuk, 67, Jon Foster, 69, and Ken Miller, 69, hang out at Southampton's Fourth of July parade. (July 4, 2012)

Children participate in the annual July Fourth children’s
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Children participate in the annual July Fourth children’s bicycle parade hosted by the Glen Cove Youth Bureau. (July 4, 2012)

Children participate in the annual July Fourth children’s
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Children participate in the annual July Fourth children’s bicycle parade hosted by the Glen Cove Youth Bureau. (July 4, 2012)

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Tyler Carrabs, 2, of Glen Cove enjoys some
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Tyler Carrabs, 2, of Glen Cove enjoys some ice cream after participating in the city's annual July Fourth children’s bicycle parade. (July 4, 2012)

Aiden Vanommeren, 4, of Glen Cove enjoys himself
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Aiden Vanommeren, 4, of Glen Cove enjoys himself at the city;s annual July Fourth children’s bicycle parade. (July 4, 2012)

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