Wet weather prompted some communities -- from Grove City, Ohio, to Franklin, Tennessee, to Decatur, Georgia -- to call off their pyrotechnic displays. But others went on, like the hundreds of rain-soaked Atlantans and visitors who watched the night sky light up over the Georgia capital's Centennial Olympic Park.
More Americans are celebrating the holiday at home this year than last year, according to estimates by the motorist group AAA. About 41 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home by Monday, down about 300,000 from those who made similar trips last year.
"Economic growth is not robust enough to offset the impact of the sequester and the effect of the end of the payroll tax cut on American families," said AAA CEO Robert Darbelnet.
While some will sing the national anthem -- such Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, who belted out the "Star Spangled Banner" at Nationals Park in the District of Columbia -- others are focused more on what's going into their mouths, from grilled greatness to apple pie.
President Obama, meanwhile, sought to bring the meaning of the holiday home.
In his weekly address, he thanked service members and called on Americans to keep striving for the ideals of "a small band of patriots" who declared American independence. "Two hundred thirty-seven years later, the United States -- this improbable nation -- is the greatest in the world," Obama said. "A land of liberty and opportunity."