A man watches fireworks on the beach during U.S. Independence Day celebrations in Atlantic Beach, New York July 3, 2016, ahead of the July 4th holiday. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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The United States celebrates July Fourth 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.The department's human presence this holiday will be increased by nearly 2,000 new officers who graduated Friday from the New York City Police Academy.Police in Chicago, which has seen a spike in gun murders this year, announced a stepped up presence with more than 5,000 officers on patrol over the long weekend, traditionally one of the year's most violent, said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
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