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Best photos by Kansas City Star and wire photographers from July 3, 2014.
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The cities of Roeland Park, Fairway and Westwood came together to celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks display at dusk on Thursday, July 3, 2014, on the baseball field at Bishop Miege High School, 5041 Reinhardt Drive in Roeland Park.
| Keith Myers/The Kansas City Star
Wow, check out that ride! Old Mission Early Education Center students including (from left) Gavin Green, 3, August Bryant, 4, Porter Anderson, 3, Avery Edwards, 4, and Charlie Considine, 3, checked out the each others bicycles before the annual Fourth of July bicycle parade held Thursday, July 3, 2014, outside the The Old Mission United Methodist Church, 5519 State Park Rd., in Fairway. The children celebrated the holiday with flags, music and riding laps in the park lot.
| TAMMY LJUNGBLAD/The Kansas City Star
Lia McCabe, 5 (left), and her brother Henry, 3, enjoyed ice cream cones Thursday on a bench outside of Murray's Ice Creams and Cookies in Westport. Lia contended that it was the best ice cream cone she had ever had and Henry said "yum yum yum yum." The two were with their parents, Gina and Tim McCabe of Lenexa.
| David Pulliam/The Kansas City Star
Gianna Bonino, 2, raised a flower into the air while wandering through a sea of American flags with her brother Michael Bonino, 4, Friday morning at the Flags 4 Freedom, a community-driven flag display in downtown Merriam. The two youngsters were accompanied by their grandparents, Bill and Kathy Coenen, all of Lenexa. This is the ninth year for the event that will include a Fourth of July celebration beginning at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Plenty of food and icecream will be available, to go along with a concert.
| RICH SUGG/The Kansas City Star
Carnival workers disassembled the Pink Dragon ride Thursday in Parkville. The Main Street Parkville Association announced that the carnival portion of it's Fourth of July Celebration will not operate after the rides, operated by Bluff City Shows of Fisk, Mo., failed to pass safety inspections. An inflatable village will take the carnival's place.
| David Pulliam/The Kansas City Star
Preparations for the KC Riverfest were underway Thursday at Berkley Riverfront Park where Chris Smedley of SECT Theater Supply worked to ready the Port Authority Stage. The festival runs from 4 pm to 11 pm on Friday, July 4th, and boasts the largest fireworks show in the Midwest as well as two stages of music, kids activities, and many food vendors.
| David Pulliam
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada waves to the crowd after defeating Simona Halep of Romania in their women’s singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, July 3, 2014.
| Ben Curtis/AP
Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic celebrates winning a point against Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic during their women's singles semifinal match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Thursday, July 3, 2014.
| Pavel Golovkin/AP
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Detroit, Thursday, July 3, 2014.
| Carlos Osorio/AP
Eddie Skakle and his wife Gail secure kayaks at their kayak rental business, A. S. Austin Co., in Hatteras Village, N.C., on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Hurricane Arthur is forecast to pass by North Carolina's Hatteras Island Friday morning. The island is under mandatory evacuation orders.
| Steve Earley/AP
This photo provided by Shawna Uriguen, shows Shawna's daughter Kimber Marie Crown taken in Buhl, Idaho on Wednesday, July 2, 2014. Kimber was born as her mother was driving down the highway in Heyburn, Idaho. The baby arrived as they were stopped at a stoplight on Tuesday.
Fireworks frame representatives of Macy's as they ring the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, July 3, 2014. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped above 17,000 for the first time Thursday after the government reported a surge in hiring last month that was much bigger than investors and economists were expecting.
| Richard Drew/AP
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