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Our readers' photos celebrate parades, fireworks, flags and other symbols of patriotism around the Midwest.

Brainerd fireworks

Title: Fourth!

Submitted by: fastfriar

Comment by fastfriar: American celebration in Brainerd, Minnesota. The Fourth of July fireworks frame Brainerd's historic water tower.

Ready and waiting

Title: Early morning

Submitted by: cbroshar1

Comment by cbroshar1: A porch in Independence, Iowa, is ready for the 4th of July.

Fired up

Title: Patriotic fire truck

Submitted by: steila

Comment by steila: St. Joseph, Minnesota.

Swinging into the 4th

Title: USA's future

Submitted by: Zwergel

Comment by Zwergel: My granddaughter swings while celebrating the 4th of July.

South Dakota sparklers

Title: July 4 @ the lake

Submitted by: glanzer77

Comment by glanzer77: July 4th on Lake Byron, South Dakota.

Classic parade

Title: July 4th parade

Submitted by: natalius2010

Comment by natalius2010: Young girl watches a parade in Kunkle, Ohio.

This photo was the Editors' Choice winner in a My Midwest Photo Contest.

Decked out

Title: Patriotism learned early in life

Submitted by: Grandma Bev2

Comment by Grandma Bev2: 4th of July.

Over Pelican Lake

Title: July 4 on Pelican Lake, Minnesota

Submitted by: megbethany

Comment by megbethany: My family and I always go to nearby Pelican Lake to watch the big fireworks show every July 4. It's always gorgeous with the reflection on the lake.

Resting place

Title: All-American Mackinac, 4th

Submitted by: me2111

Comment by me2111: A yard on Mackinac Island.

Boat parade

Title: 4th of July at the lake

Submitted by: dkclemenson

Comment by dkclemenson: Every summer our little lake in central Minnesota has a boat parade. These three grandkids and one "granddog" are ready to go.

Saint Paul display

Title: 4th of July

Submitted by: bgust615

Comment by bgust615: The 4th of July fireworks over Saint Paul.

On the farm in Kansas

Title: A Kansas 4th of July

Submitted by: Jenny278

Comment by Jenny278: Eighteen-month-old Ellee is exploring the farm on the 4th of July. This was taken in Bucyrus, Kansas.

Setting sun

Title: Flags

Submitted by: nanny2knees

Comment by nanny2knees: Flags at sunset taken at Whitehall, Michigan.

Flag reflections

Title: reflected

Submitted by: dflemming36

Comment by dflemming36: Flag reflected in office building window.

Memorial Day

Title: American Flag

Submitted by: jimmjmkenzie1

Comment by jimmjmkenzie1: Memorial Day, Ida Grove, Iowa.

Soaring colors

Title: USA balloon

Submitted by: kprst

Comment by kprst: Howell, Michigan, balloon festival.

Flags on the pier

Title: Flags at Navy Pier

Submitted by: nmajetschak

Comment by nmajetschak: God bless America.

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