Spectators watch as fireworks are launched over the East River and the Empire State Building during the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show, Sunday, July 4, in the Queens borough of New York.
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In pictures: Americans celebrate the Fourth of July

Updated 11:05 AM ET, Mon July 5, 2021

Spectators watch as fireworks are launched over the East River and the Empire State Building during the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show, Sunday, July 4, in the Queens borough of New York.
John Minchillo/AP

The Covid-19 pandemic limited Fourth of July celebrations around the United States last year, with people staying home to prevent the spread of the virus.

But now that more than 150 million American adults are fully vaccinated, the holiday looks more like it used to: family gatherings, parades, barbecues and, of course, lots of fireworks.

The White House is hosting a celebration as well to mark the nation's headway in fighting Covid-19. Roughly 1,000 guests are expected to attend, making it the largest event to be hosted at the White House since the start of the new administration.