The Statue of Liberty reopened on America's Independence Day – months after Superstorm Sandy swamped its little island.
The statue's reopening was a sign of recovery as the nation celebrated its independence in a variety of ways – from a solemn fireworks tribute to fallen firefighters to traditional parades and concerts.
There was tighter security in Boston as the city hosted its first large gathering since the marathon bombing in April, which killed three and injured hundreds.
STUDENT FINDS GEORDIE DEITY
A carved stone head of a possible Geordie Roman god has been discovered buried in an ancient rubbish dump.
The find was made by a first-year archaeology student at Binchester Roman Fort, near Bishop Auckland, in County Durham, as the team dug through an old bath house.
The 20cm sandstone head is thought to be 1,800 years old and date from the 2nd or 3rd century AD.
The carving is similar to a Celtic deity that was worshipped during battles.
STARFISH STUDY IS EYE-OPENER
Starfish have eyes on the ends of their limbs that help them navigate ocean floor, scientists have learned.
Research shows the eyes – similar to those of insects – are capable of forming images.
When the eyes are missing, starfish stumble around randomly instead of heading towards food sources.
Dr Anders Garm, from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, said: "The results show that the starfish nervous system must be able to process visual information."
FLYING THE FLAG FOR HEMP IN US
An American flag made of industrial hemp flew over the US capital on Independence Day.
It follows a campaign by Democratic representative Jared Polis, of Colorado, to allow the plant to be grown legally, as it looks similar to marijuana – but without its psychoactive properties.
Historians say the first American flags were made of hemp, which were raised by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.