The USA is one year older, and this year's celebration was oddly subdued in much of the country -- massive drought conditions led to the cancellation of fireworks displays all over, including many in the St. Louis area.
But the show downtown went on over a big, wet river with some assistance from rock and roll badass Heart. RFT Music photographer Kholood Eid was among the thousands braving the heat to bask in all the glory -- a few key moments from the night's festivities follow:
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