Celebrating the Fourth of July

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Wayne Matthew holds a rope as he helps a crew raising a hot air balloon shaped like the U.S. flag at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. on Tuesday, July 3, 2012. In an era when everything from health care policy to immigration divides us more than it unites us, when the Internet allows us to tear apart our fellow Americans' virtual throats from the comfort of our keyboards, what does a holiday like Independence Day mean? (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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Americans across the country celebrate Independence Day.

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