Visitors turn out despite high temperatures in DC

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Associated Press

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 12:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 5 at 2:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was so hot at this year's Capitol Fourth Concert that "Dancing with the Stars" ' Tom Bergeron told the audience he was "sweating standing still."

But that didn't stop the usual enormous crowd from flooding the Mall to hear the concert and see the fireworks finale.

There was a long list of entertainers including Broadway actors Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara, who performed a duet. Other performers included singer-songwriter Javier Colon; country music star Josh Turner; R&B performers Kool & the Gang; singer Russell Watson and the National Symphony Orchestra.

A Park Police spokesman said the high temperature was one of the main concerns this year. The heat index, or how hot it felt, on the National Mall was 100 degrees Wednesday afternoon.

Washington boasted a variety of events during the day including the annual parade and a role-playing of the signing of the Declaration of Independence at the Jefferson Memorial.

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