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Wantagh, New York, USA. 4th July 2015. A finalist contestant in The Miss Wantagh Pageant ceremony, a long-time Independence Day tradition on Long Island, waves as she rides in backseat of a luxury convertible car, with woman in front seat about to throw out candy to viewers, in the town's July 4th Parade. After the parade, the Miss Wantagh Pageant 2015 ceremony was held. Since 1956, the Miss Wantagh Pageant, which is not a beauty pageant, crowns a high school student based mainly on academic excellence and community service.