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NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Fourth of July celebrations started early this year, a week in advance, as a city planned on unannounced fireworks in various locations to keep crowds away - Saturday's grand finale wasn't the only tradition with changes.

This year, organizers launched unannounced fireworks displays in select areas across the city, like a display in the heart of Times Square to prevent large gatherings as health and safety this year is the top priority.

While the view was perfect Saturday in Long Island City, it was a different kind of celebration, with minimal crowds and families in small groups - but they were all coming together for the same tradition.

The fireworks grand finale launched from Empire State Building, lasting only a few minutes...not so impressive for some.

This year, beaches enforced stricter efforts to maintain social distancing.

Beaches are open for swimming, but one of the changes made for the holiday weekend are for beachgoers to wear a face mask when not in the water.

Many people flocking to beaches like at Coney Island will be met by social distancing ambassadors, assigned by the city, handing out masks and reminding people to stay six feet apart.

It can be a challenge on a hot day when the city's 14 miles of beaches can attract up to a million visitors.

Business owners at beaches have been taking a hit thus far as rides at Coney Island will be shut down and to-go only for concession stands.

And, nothing says happy birthday America more than scarfing down dozens of hot dogs at Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, which happens Saturday afternoon with no fans at an undisclosed location. There will also be limited competitors.

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It overwhelmed the health care industry, it put millions out of work, it drowned social services in an ocean of need and threatened the food supply Americans had long since taken for granted. At the apex of the crisis and for the weeks that followed, no part of life, or even what followed life, was spared.

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World of Dance Season 4 Winner Spoilers: Live Results & Recap


Tonight was the season finale of NBC’s reality dance competition World of Dance, and that means that one of the four remaining acts will be walking away with $1 million and the title of best dancer in the world.

World of Dance is hosted by Scott Evans with judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo. The competition showcases solo dancers, partners and dance crews competing against each other for a grand prize of $1 million and the title of the best dancer in the world.

The competitors competing in tonight’s episode are Oxygen, MDC 3, Geometrie Variable and Jefferson y Adrianita. Before the show airs, odds are in favor of MDC 3 according to US Bookies, but the competition could go to anyone at this rate.

Spoiler Warning! Spoilers for tonight’s finale of World of Dance and all of season 4 follow. 

Read on for a live recap of tonight’s finale of World of Dance. This post will be updated as the episode airs. 

‘World of Dance’ Season 4 Finale Live Results & Recap: Who Won the Season?

The show opened up with Jennifer Lopez discussing the fact that they were unable to have a live audience at the finale.

“A dancer performs just as hard for three people as they do for 300,” JLo said before reiterating that the competition is still “anyone’s game.”

Geometrie Variable, MDC3, Oxygen and Jefferson y Adrianita were all welcomed to the stage in robes, showing off a few of their moves before moving on to the competition.

Has ‘World of Dance’ Been Renewed for Season 5?

The show has not yet been renewed, but it’s likely that it will be renewed for season 5 based on the ratings of the current season. Last year, the show was renewed before the season finished airing, but that’s not the case this year. It’s not clear if that’s due to COVID-19 changes or possibly due to some other internal decision still being made.

This year, World of Dance has had consistently high ratings, with World of Dance and America’s Got Talent being the number one and two shows of the night in 9 of 9 key demographics.

On June 30, NBC reported that World of Dance hit a new season-high the week before and grew 102% in social traffic.

While it’s not confirmed yet, it is likely that World of Dance will be renewed for another season. Right now, the status is officially ‘pending.’

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