Tuesday marks the 241st American Independence Day, “the great anniversary festival,” in the words of founding father John Adams.

“It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more,” Adams wrote.

While many Americans will no doubt live up to Adams’ expectations, many US soldiers, sailors, Marines, and coastguardsmen will have to celebrate the holiday far from home.

Below, you can see photos of the missions and duties that have taken those men and women away from home this July Fourth.