The United States marks 238 years as an independent nation as it celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks, food and music, despite Hurricane Arthur crashing holiday parties along the East Coast.

Here's a look at some of the Independence Day celebrations that have taken place across the nation.

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From left to right, Michelle Lesco, Sonya Thomas, Miki Sudo, and Juliet Lee compete at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog
From left to right, Michelle Lesco, Sonya Thomas, Miki Sudo, and Juliet Lee compete at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest at Coney Island, Friday, July 4, 2014, in New York. Sudo defeated the reigning champion Thomas by eating 34 hot dogs and buns. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (John Minchillo/AP)


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Joey Chestnut, left, and Matt Stonie, right, compete at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest at Coney Island,
Joey Chestnut, left, and Matt Stonie, right, compete at the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating contest at Coney Island, Friday, July 4, 2014, in New York. Reigning champion Chestnut won his eighth contest by finishing 61 hot dogs and buns. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (John Minchillo/AP)

Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Friday, July 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Fireworks explode over the Philadelphia Museum of Art during an Independence Day celebration, Friday, July 4, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (Matt Rourke/AP)