Every holiday deserves a great playlist. I'm working on my 4th of July mix as we speak. When I show up at a cookout, I like my iPod to be bursting at the seams with patriotism, Americana and songs about summer love that aren't from Grease.
Because it was an American battle fought within an American war, most people believe the outcome was of little interest beyond our borders. In truth, however, Gettysburg had tremendous international impact then, and it continues to do so today.
Despite the value Americans place on individuality, when it comes to being proud of one's country, nothing is more important than being typical.
July 4, 1863 was a Saturday, and Rabbi Sabato Morais delivered his Sabbath morning sermon. His sermon contains a phrase that might well have influenced the most celebrated speech in American history.
On this Independence Day, it is worth reflecting on the willingness of our founding fathers to sacrifice their own comforts for the future--for many generations to come, including ours.
Another backyard barbeque? You can do that any old weekend. Give this Fourth of July the glitzy fireworks and epic events it deserves. From D.C. to the American Frontier, here are seven patriotic places to celebrate.
It seems as though the East would have a leg up on celebrating our Independence, if not entirely due to its historical tours, but we have yet to be convinced. We found activities in the West that rival all of the best activities on the East.
Despite what some critics say, this isn't a choice between clean energy and a robust economy. We can have both, and solar is showing how to make that possible.
This July 4th, as thousands of patriots march in parades, they will be waving American flags made in cities like Guangzhou and Shanghai. This situation is not without humor -- but there is nothing really funny about the loss of American independence it so painfully symbolizes.
Our freedom is sacred and worth defending. July 4th is a day to celebrate this gift and remember all who have fought and died for it. As we watch fireworks light up the sky, with hands over our hearts, to our servicemen and women we stand in awe.
"If I survived, they can as well." As I recently read through an email from Shelley Gilbert, this statement struck a chord with me. "I become stronger...
Having lived in the Old World for a few years now, I have heard my country compared to an adolescent, with all the attendant charm and hubris implied. America was not born and raised like a child; it was founded and developed like a start-up company.
I wish you all a very happy and healthy Independence Day with a tasty tribute to all of the accomplishments you have made that have allowed you to grow and advance as a person.
Founding Fathers, you got it together by making a few compromises. How's it working for you now? The bargaining chips you played then -- slaves, women, Native Americans -- are still being played today.
Every July 4th, we remember George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, the hallowed presidents etched into Mount Rushmore. What if we replace the four men with the most influential people of our generation?
These bourbons and ryes will make you proud of our country.