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Cars are on display at the Independence Day car show put on by the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
Cars are on display at the Independence Day car show put on by the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Cars are on display at the Independence Day car show put on by the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
Cars are on display at the Independence Day car show put on by the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Soldiers and families check out cars on display at the Independence Day car show at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
Soldiers and families check out cars on display at the Independence Day car show at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Motorcycles are on display at the Independence Day car show at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
Motorcycles are on display at the Independence Day car show at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
Soldiers and families check out a Volkswagen bus at the Independence Day car show put on by the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
Soldiers and families check out a Volkswagen bus at the Independence Day car show put on by the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, at Grafenwoehr, Germany, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (Martin Egnash/Stars and Stripes)
The rock band Fuel entertains troops and their families celebrating Independence Day with fireworks at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Tuesday,  July 3, 2018.
The rock band Fuel entertains troops and their families celebrating Independence Day with fireworks at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. ( Seth Robson/Stars and Stripes)
The rock band Fuel entertains troops and their families who celebrated Independence Day a day early with fireworks on Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Tuesday,  July 3, 2018.
The rock band Fuel entertains troops and their families who celebrated Independence Day a day early with fireworks on Yokota Air Base, Japan, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. (Seth Robson/Stars and Stripes)
Airmen and families of the 48th Fighter Wing celebrate Independence Day during Liberty Fest at RAF Lakenheath, England, July 4, 2018. The annual event included a carnival, car show, food trucks and stalls, three live cover bands and a fireworks display.
Airmen and families of the 48th Fighter Wing celebrate Independence Day during Liberty Fest at RAF Lakenheath, England, July 4, 2018. The annual event included a carnival, car show, food trucks and stalls, three live cover bands and a fireworks display. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)
Airmen and families of the 48th Fighter Wing celebrate Independence Day during Liberty Fest at RAF Lakenheath, England, July 4, 2018.
Airmen and families of the 48th Fighter Wing celebrate Independence Day during Liberty Fest at RAF Lakenheath, England, July 4, 2018. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)
Airmen and families of the 48th Fighter Wing celebrate Independence Day during Liberty Fest at RAF Lakenheath, England, July 4, 2018. The annual event included a carnival, car show, food trucks and stalls, three live cover bands and a fireworks display.
Airmen and families of the 48th Fighter Wing celebrate Independence Day during Liberty Fest at RAF Lakenheath, England, July 4, 2018. The annual event included a carnival, car show, food trucks and stalls, three live cover bands and a fireworks display. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)
Airmen and families of the 48th Fighter Wing celebrate Independence Day during Liberty Fest at RAF Lakenheath, England, July 4, 2018.
Airmen and families of the 48th Fighter Wing celebrate Independence Day during Liberty Fest at RAF Lakenheath, England, July 4, 2018. (William Howard/Stars and Stripes)

Most U.S. bases in Europe and Japan were quiet Wednesday afternoon, but crowds were expected to pick up for evening July 4 concerts and fireworks.

U.S. soldiers and their families in Germany got in touch with their inner motorheads during a Fourth of July car and bike show at Grafenwoehr.

In Japan, the rock band Fuel entertained troops and their families, who celebrated Independence Day a day early with July 3 fireworks at Yokota Air Base. At Yokosuka Naval Base, fireworks were canceled due to high winds.

At RAF Lakenheath, England, airmen and families of the 48th Fighter Wing celebrated Independence Day with Liberty Fest, an annual event that includes a carnival, car show, food trucks and stalls.

The evening will bring more concerts and fireworks at bases around the world.

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