This Week in Photos, June 28 - July 4, 2013
Expect fireworks, a hot-dog eating contest and more patriotic fun in this week in photos.
photoweek_070413_ss_002Belarusian women take part in the Rusalle festival (the holiday of mermaids) in the village of Sosny, about 124 miles south of Minsk. The festival is an ancient tradition originating from pagan times, which women sing and dance around a campfire, throw their wreaths into a river and choose a leader of the mermaids, in a belief that the leader will protect the harvest. 960 1280
photoweek_070413_ss_003Actors playing Confederate troops raise their hats in celebration after the Pickett's Charge reenactment at the finale of the Blue Gray Alliance events marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, in Gettysburg, PA. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1-3, 1863, in and near the town of Gettysburg and was the battle with the highest number of casualties in the Civil War. The Union army defeated a force led by Confederate General Robert E. Lee in what is often described as the turning point of the war. 960 1280
photoweek_070413_ss_010The 3rd US Infantry, traditionally known as "The Old Guard," perform during a ceremony to reopen the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island to the public in New York on July 4, 2013. Under steamy summer skies, tourists in New York flocked to ferries headed for the Statue of Liberty, re-opening with an Independence Day ceremony after closing in October as Superstorm Sandy approached. 960 1280
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