Quite a toll this year. They had to cancel the parade in Gettysburg because of a police chase. Looks like Bangor had their problems as well -a shootout and traffic death:
"A spate of fireworks debacles and tragic parade accidents wrecked Independence Day celebrations across the country.
The mishaps Thursday left 20 people hospitalized in Southern California, two people dead in parades nationwide, two people seriously injured in Chicago and $1.5 million in damage in Seattle.
In Oklahoma, an 8-year-old boy on a parade float was killed when his father accidentally ran over him, Edmond police said.
The boy was on a martial arts float that was driven by his father, police spokeswoman Jennifer Monroe said. It's unclear whether the boy jumped or fell from the float before he was run over by the trailer's tires.
Another tragic parade accident took place in Bangor, Maine, when a man driving a tractor in the Independence Day parade died after a vintage fire truck struck him from behind, authorities said.
Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said the parade had been rerouted because of a four-hour standoff with a gunman who fired several rounds at police from an apartment window.
The parade participants "would not have been on that street normally," Edwards said.
A display in Simi Valley, California, turned disastrous when fireworks exploded low to the ground and injured 28 people.
At least 20 were hospitalized, including four who were moderately or seriously injured, said Capt. Mike Lindbery of the Ventura County Fire Department.
Witness Annisa Wynn told CNN affiliate KTLA that fireworks suddenly began shooting sideways into the crowd instead of up into the air."