From Virginia to California, how towns named Independence celebrate
The adoption of the Declaration of Independence on this day in 1776 not only gave rise to a new country but also spawned a host of towns named Independence. The Fourth of July celebrations in these towns, from Virginia to Louisiana and Oregon to California, seem to reflect an ideal America: Fireworks and parades, carnivals and music figure into the festivities. Here's a look at how some of these towns named Independence celebrate this holiday.
-- Tracy Brown