07/05/2012 10:10 am ET

4th Of July Fireworks Photos 2012: United States Marks Independence Day By Lighting Up The Sky

Is there a better way to celebrate your country's independence than setting off lots and lots of fireworks?

The United States has been pondering this question for 236 years, and the answer we came up with yet again this year was a resounding 'no'.

The skies from sea to shining sea were set ablaze as Americans celebrated Independence Day this July 4th. Check out the photos below of some of the best displays from around the country.