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Photo Gallery: Celebrating U.S. Independence Day at Sea

The following are images of U.S. Navy Independence Day celebrations in port and at sea.

Sailors from the Sixth Fleet staff, USS La Salle (AGF-3), Naval Support Activity Gaeta, their dependants, and local Italian nationals enjoy a Independence Day July 4th fireworks display in 2003. US Navy Photo

Sailors from the Sixth Fleet staff, USS La Salle (AGF-3), Naval Support Activity Gaeta, their dependants, and local Italian nationals enjoy a Independence Day July 4th fireworks display in 2003. US Navy Photo

Fireworks explode above frigate USS John L. Hall (FFG-32) while moored pierside at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay during an Independence Day celebration in 2004. US Navy Photo

Fireworks explode above frigate USS John L. Hall (FFG-32) while moored pierside at U.S. Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay during an Independence Day celebration in 2004. US Navy Photo

Fireworks explode over an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) during an Independence Day celebration at Naval Station Pearl Harbor in 2006. US Navy Photo

Fireworks explode over an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) during an Independence Day celebration at Naval Station Pearl Harbor in 2006. US Navy Photo

080704-N-0640K-340 PACIFIC OCEAN (July 4, 2008) The hull number shines patriotically red, white and blue aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in 2008. US Navy Photo

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 4, 2008) The hull number shines patriotically red, white and blue aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in 2008. US Navy Photo

Sailors watch flares light up the sky during a Navy-style fireworks display on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in 2008. US Navy Photo

Sailors watch flares light up the sky during a Navy-style fireworks display on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in 2008. US Navy Photo

US naval legend John Paul Jones raised the Star Spangled Banner above the USS Ranger on July 4, 1777. Painting of the USS Ranger by Edward Moran.

US naval legend John Paul Jones raised the Star Spangled Banner above the USS Ranger on July 4, 1777. Painting of the USS Ranger by Edward Moran.

Command Master Chief David Blackburn fires a flare during an underway Independence Day celebration aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG-83) while at sea supporting Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2011. US Navy Photo

Command Master Chief David Blackburn fires a flare during an underway Independence Day celebration aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG-83) while at sea supporting Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines 2011. US Navy Photo

Sailors assigned to the weapons department aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) perform a 21-gun salute during an Independence Day celebration in 2011. US Navy Photo

Sailors assigned to the weapons department aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) perform a 21-gun salute during an Independence Day celebration in 2011. US Navy Photo

Sailors and Marines display the national ensign in honor of Independence Day aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in 2013. US Navy Photo

Sailors and Marines display the national ensign in honor of Independence Day aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) in 2013. US Navy Photo

USS Constitution fires a 17-gun salute near U.S. Coast Guard Base Boston during the ship's Independence Day underway demonstration in Boston Harbor in 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Constitution fires a 17-gun salute near U.S. Coast Guard Base Boston during the ship’s Independence Day underway demonstration in Boston Harbor in 2014. US Navy Photo

Rear Adm. Rick Williams, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, serves as reenlisting officer for service members aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Ford Island at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on July 4, 2014. US Navy Photo

Rear Adm. Rick Williams, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, serves as reenlisting officer for service members aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Ford Island at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on July 4, 2014. US Navy Photo

Sailors spell out #USA with the American flag on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in honor of the nation's upcoming Independence Day weekend on June 28, 2015. US Navy Photo

Sailors spell out #USA with the American flag on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in honor of the nation’s upcoming Independence Day weekend on June 28, 2015. US Navy Photo

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Sam LaGrone

About Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News.
He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. In his role he covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.