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Secure, scorching, and festive Fourth

The heat was stifling, security measures were intense, and memories of the Boston Marathon bombings were lingering, but hundreds of thousands of devoted revelers jammed patches of green along the Charles River on Thursday to take in Boston’s July Fourth gala.

Temperatures rose to 93 degrees by midday and lingered above 90 into the evening, which some officials primarily blamed for a lower turnout than recent years. More than 200 people sought treatment at medical tents along the Esplanade for heat-related illnesses; a dozen were transported to hospitals.

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