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4th of July

Why Do Americans Pursue Happiness?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 09.02.2014 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo


Why Grilling Isn't Your Answer for July 4th

HomeAdvisor | Posted 09.02.2014 | HuffPost Home

If you aren't particularly fond of grilling, then maybe you want an alternative, in which case we have some great recommendations!

Ann Brenoff

3 Deadly Things Lurking At Your July 4th BBQ | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.03.2014 | Fifty

Celebrating Independence Day isn't all fun and fireworks. In fact, it can be a pretty deadly holiday. July 4th is the third most-deadly holiday ce...

Why It's So Important To Pause And Take A Breath Together On The Fourth Of July

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 09.02.2014 | Fifty
Ann V. Klotz

Independence Day. Ideals. Parades and fireworks. Big ideas counterpointed against ceremony and celebration. On July 4, I suspend my worries about our country. I dive into nostalgia, grateful for immersion in traditions free of cynicism, free of the complexity of close analysis.

14 Awful British Foods That Make Us Proud To Be American

Foodbeast | Posted 09.02.2014 | Taste

This Independence Day, remember there's plenty reason to revel in our independence, especially the fact that we didn't get stuck eating that awful soggy grey stuff they call "food" on the other side of the pond.

TPP Would Gut Buy American: Happy July 4th!

Lori Wallach | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Lori Wallach

'Buy American' would be gutted, and American jobs lost, under the TPP, the sweeping "trade" deal that President Obama says he wants to sign this year with 11 Pacific Rim nations.

Winning Our Independence Required Vision and Muscle -- With a Hearty Helping of Art

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 09.02.2014 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

I like to think Washington and Franklin would be proud as we celebrate our great country this weekend with music, with art, with community. It's a very American thing to do.

The Bounds of Independence

Greg White | Posted 09.02.2014 | Comedy
Greg White

Our society is disconnected. Is that the independence our founding forefather's sought? Was the goal to reject the monarchy so we could all wear a cro...

7 Tips For You And Your Dog This July 4th

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Feldman | Posted 07.03.2014 | Green

You might be excited to head to your neighbor's house to barbecue and watch the fireworks, but chances are your dog is freaked out about it. With the ...

The 21 Most Perfectly American Things To Happen Since America's Last Birthday

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics

Because America. That's why.

This Is Not Your Independence Day

Carina Kolodny | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Carina Kolodny

The 4th of July might commemorate the independence of our country -- but it also serves as a bitter reminder that in 1776, the country that I love had no place for me in it.

33 Photos That Prove There Is No One Way To Be An American Family

The Huffington Post | Madeline Wahl | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents

The American family looks different than it did 50, or even 10, years ago. The number of children living with two married parents has steadily dec...

A Fourth Of July Fashion Guide For The Cool Kids

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson & Chanel Parks | Posted 07.03.2014 | Style

It's only right that we show our patriotism on Independence Day by donning red, white and blue. But it might be time to put down that American flagged...

Fireworks Still Planned In The West, Despite Dangerously High Threat Of Wildfires

AP | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 09.02.2014 | Green

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Arizona's largest city has gone four months without any measurable rain, and neighboring New Mexico is in the midst of four...

Rethinking the Fourth of July

Bill Bigelow | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

The Fourth of July's yahoo of fireworks turns an immensely complicated time in U.S. history into a cartoon of miseducation. There is a lot that complicates the events surrounding the Fourth of July and the Revolutionary War.

Is That Fireworks... Or Gunshots?

The Second City Network | Posted 08.31.2014 | Chicago
The Second City Network

One of the loudest American holidays is finally here -- the Fourth of July! If you're fortunate enough to live in Chicago's Austin, Auburn Gresham, Be...

A Fragile Union

William E. White | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
William E. White

The United States of America: we take the name of our nation for granted. From the perspective of nearly two and a half centuries of history, it appears obvious that we should be one country, bound together by constitutional principles, stretching from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans.

4th of July Tone-Up Plan: Day 4

Nora Tobin | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nora Tobin

It's that time of year for barbecues, beach days and bikinis! With the holiday weekend just around the corner we look for last minute ways to shape ...

What Does 'Put God First' Really Mean?

Terri Britt | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Terri Britt

On this 4th of July week, I invite you to step into freedom. Try a new way of putting God first. It starts with loving and accepting yourself unconditionally!

On July 4th: Who Will Sing "The Star-Spangled Banner?"

Leona Foxx | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Leona Foxx

His beloved National Anthem has become a performance piece. I cannot remember the last time I went to a professional baseball game where everyone in the stadium sang it together.

The Boy Who Loved 4th of July Fireworks

Kristen Mae | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Kristen Mae

Lucas had been dreaming of loud bangs and colors filling the sky, and I'd been snarling at him and sending him to his room.

To The Military Mom I Saw In The Airport -- And All Those Who Sacrifice

Natalie Thomas | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Natalie Thomas

Happy 4th of July to all who celebrate, both home and overseas. Those with their loved ones and those without. Those dreaming about a better tomorrow and those fighting for it.

Reflections on 'Common Sense' This July 4th

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

July 4th is a day when we all need to slow to the rhythms of the summer heat, pause, listen to one another, remember the goals and dreams that were articulated by our Founding Fathers in 1776 and still hold true today.

Feeling a Bit "Off?" Travel During the Off Season

Dane Steele Green | Posted 09.01.2014 | Travel
Dane Steele Green

I have a friend from Wales who, several years back, wanted his first trip to the United States to be perfect. He settled on a city, New York.

How to Help America's Vets and Heroes Right Now

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I figure, the least we can do is give back. These charities do some really innovative work to support vets, and other American heroes.