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No fireworks permitted? Try these patriotic alternatives

For many people, the Fourth of July is all about the rockets' red glare.

But Independence Day doesn't have to be about the bombs bursting in air. In fact, there are plenty of fun, safe, fireworks-free ways to celebrate the patriotic holiday in your own backyard.

A look at 10 fun things to do this July 4, other than start a fire:

1. America the Beautiful: Print out patriotic songs and sing away. As a bonus, if you really try hard, your family could rival fireworks decibel levels with its singing. Find lyrics at www.usa-flag-site.org/songs. Read the complete story at mercedsunstar.com

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