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Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson give special Fourth of July performances

Singer Katy Perry wears a patriotic dress as she performs at a Pepsi-sponsored event at Brooklyn Pier 9A, kicking off Fleet Week in New York on May 23, 2012. Amanda Schwab,AP Photo/Starpix

(CBS/AP) While some stars chose to celebrate the Fourth at home with their families, singers Katy Perry, Jennifer Hudson and "Glee's" Amber Riley all rang in the Fourth of July by giving special performances around the country.

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In Washington, Megan Hilty, star of NBC's hit drama "Smash" kicked off the performances with back-up dancers dressed like a Barbershop quartet. Riley got the crowd dancing to her own version of "Proud Mary,"" American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips sang "Home" and Matthew Broderick and Kelli O'Hara performed music from their Broadway show "Nice Work If You Can Get It." Tom Bergeron was host.

In Boston, "American Idol" alum and Oscar winner Hudson headlined the Boston Fireworks Spectacular and sang "And I'm Telling You" and "Felling Good." The show, hosted by Emmy-winning actor Michael Chiklis, was cut short by a storm before she got back on stage for the second time.

Over in New York, Perry and Kenny Chesney headlined Macy's Fourth of July Spectacular. Perry wore a sparkly American flag dress while she performed her hits including, "Firework," for the military at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Chesney performed "Summertime" and his current single, "Come Over," during the special event, hosted by Regis Philbin.

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