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Photo essay: Celebrating July 4 in Germany and Japan

Attendees at the 2013 Independence Day celebration at Wiesbaden, Germany, watch fireworks July 3, 2013.

From youthful bliss, to teenage angst and aging rockers, Stars and Stripes editorial staffers--Joshua L. DeMotts (Wiesbaden), Gregory Broome (Ramstein) and Eric Guzman (Yokota)--captured July 4 festivities in Germany and Japan:

 

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Anthony Melicharek, an employee with the Army Corps of Engineers, and his daughter Hanna, 5, ride the bumper cars at the 2013 Independence Day celebration in Wiesbaden Germany, July 3, 2013.

 

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Attendees at the 2013 Independence Day celebration at Wiesbaden, Germany, ride a merry-go-round July 3, 2013.

 

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Attendees at the 2013 Independence Day celebration at Wiesbaden, Germany, enjoy carnival rides and games July 3, 2013.

 

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Attendees at the 2013 Independence Day celebration at Wiesbaden, Germany, enjoy live music July 3, 2013.

 

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Kevin Ende, 22, and Nadine Schaaf, 18, operate a carnival game at the 2013 Independence Day celebration at Wiesbaden, Germany, July 3, 2013.

 

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Attendees at the 2013 Independence Day celebration at Wiesbaden, Germany, ride a merry-go-round July 3, 2013.

 

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Attendees at the 2013 Independence Day celebration at Wiesbaden, Germany, enjoy live music July 3, 2013.

 

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Attendees at the 2013 Independence Day celebration at Wiesbaden, Germany, ride the Hip Hop Fly ride July 3, 2013.

 

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Attendees at the 2013 Independence Day celebration at Wiesbaden, Germany, ride Drop Zone ride July 3, 2013.

 

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The band Night Hawk performs at the Rockin' 4th Freedom Fest on July 4, 2013, at Ramstein Air Base.

 

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A roller coaster passes in front of a Ferris wheel at the Rockin' 4th Freedom Fest on July 4, 2013, at Ramstein Air Base.

 

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Gary Sinise, actor and leader of the Lt. Dan Band, plays for a crowd of servicemembers and their families on Yokota Air Base, July 4, 2013. On average, Sinise and his band perform 30-40 shows a year, with almost 75 percent  of those shows done for the USO, charities, or benefits.

 

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Members of the Yokota Air Base community in Japan circle a go-kart race track during an Independence Day celebration on July 4, 2013.

 

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A pair of stunt drivers perform for a crowd of servicemembers and their families during an Independence Day celebration held at Yokota Air Base, Japan, July 4, 2013.

 

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Gary Sinise, actor and leader of the Lt. Dan Band, plays for a crowd of servicemembers and their families on Yokota Air Base, July 4, 2013. On average, Sinise and his band perform 30-40 shows a year, with almost 75 percent  of those shows done for the USO, charities, or benefits.

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