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The Nation

Many Americans celebrated in the sunshine on the second day of the Fourth of July weekend, while Iowans welcomed more than 300 Soviet and American peace walkers into their churches. A Union officer, Philadelphia-born Gen. John Gibbon, was belatedly honored with a bronze statue at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, and the heritage and culture of the American Indian were celebrated at a powwow in New York. In some drought states, firefighters had to spend the holiday sticking close to their equipment because of the danger that fireworks could set tinder-dry fields ablaze. The peace walk began June 17 in Washington D.C., and is scheduled to end July 16 in San Francisco. In New York, police prepared for the holiday by confiscating more than a ton of illegal fireworks in lower Manhattan.


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