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      Shaw Air Base and Sumter plan 4th celebrations

      SUMTER, S.C. (AP) -- Shaw Air Force Base, the Third Army and the city of Sumter are celebrating Independence Day with music, military displays and a fireworks display.

      Air Force spokeswoman Senior Airman Alexandria Mosness said Monday's event begins at 5 p.m. and lasts until 11 p.m. at Sumter's Dillon Park.

      The Air Force Blue Aces Band will perform, soldiers from the newly-arrived Third Army are presenting military displays and a 30-minute fireworks display is set for 9:30 p.m.

      The event is free and open to the public. Those attending are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, but coolers and pets aren't allowed.

      Mosness says 35,000 people are expected.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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