New York City celebrates July 4th with dazzling pyrotechnic display over Hudson River

Across the United States, Americans are celebrating 236 years of independence with backyard barbeques, family gatherings and, of course, fireworks.

While many celebrations have been scaled-down or cancelled due to weather-related power outages and concerns of spreading wildfires amid dry, hot weather, many are still celebrating, albeit in less-than-traditional ways.

In New York, Katy Perry gave a star-spangled performance in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, donning her Fleet Week uniform of a purple ponytail and an American flag mini-dress, singing her apropos hit Firework to a crowd of servicemen. Kenny Chesney also performed.

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