Members of the New York Police Department's Counterterrorism Bureau monitor Times Square as security increases leading up to the July 4 holiday weekend in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Reuters: Tight security at July 4th fests to counter terror fears, gun violence
The United States celebrates July Fourth on Monday with parades, hotdog eating contests and fireworks shows amid heightened security because of concerns about terrorism in New York and timeworn holiday gun violence in Chicago.
Millions of Americans will mark independence from Britain with celebrations as boisterous as a music-packed party by country music legend Willie Nelson for 10,000 people at a race track in Austin, Texas and as staid as colonial-era costumed actors reading the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives in Washington.
History may be in the making in the traditional hotdog-eating contest at New York's Coney Island. Joey "Jaws" Chestnut - a world record holder who ate 69 hotdogs in 10 minutes - attempts to regain his Mustard Yellow International Belt from Matt Stonie, who last year ended Chestnut's run of eight straight victories.
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WNU Editor: I will be going to Plattsburg (upper New York State) this evening to be with friends and to watch some fireworks. So yes .... greater security on this day should be expected.