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Not Drizzle, Not Humidity, Not Dark of Night…

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Flickr is, unsurprisingly, filled today with a few thousand shots of the Macy's fireworks on the East River. Our favorites, we think, are by Flickr user JBParker, who snapped this smoke-and-color-filled shot — but, truth is, the show looks better in nearly all of them than we remember it looking to us last night. Of course, that might be because now we're not getting drizzled on. New York City Fireworks [Flickr]

Rudy's in the Money (Sorta)

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• Rudy Giuliani came out on top in the second round of Republican fund-raising, becoming the only GOP candidate to raise more dough in the second quarter of 2007 ($17 million) than in the first ($16 million). For comparison’s sake, Barack Obama took in $31 million over the same period. [NYDN]

Every Day's the Fourth of July

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We're off tomorrow, as we suspect you are, too. Macy's says the big show starts at 9 p.m., with "120,000 burst of color" shot from four barges in the East River, three between 23rd and 42nd Streets and one south of the Brooklyn Bridge. We'll be watching from Brooklyn Heights; if all else fails, there's always the NBC broadcast. See you Thursday, ideally sunburned and hung-over.

Fireworks, Pools, Booze — Not Terror — Will Kill You Tomorrow

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• There's no reason to fear terror attacks on the Fourth of July, the mayor is insisting; the threat of terror, he says, is nothing compared to the dangers of unguarded beaches and pools. "Don't let the kids play with fireworks. Don't drink and drive," he advised. Oh, also, the NYPD is on its highest alert. [NYDN]