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July 4


Srilatha Rajagopal | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
Srilatha Rajagopal

On this independence day, I wish for everyone, but mostly for myself - freedom.

John Cena Perfectly Explains What 'Patriotism' Really Means

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics

Professional wrestler, actor and mega wish-granter John Cena used this Independence Day as an opportunity to explain the real meaning of patriotism. I...

The Meaning of America? Ask My Family

David Harris | Posted 07.04.2016 | World
David Harris

To truly understand the meaning of America, ask someone who wasn't born here. In my case, that's easy.

July 4: A Time For Celebration And Mourning

Volney Gay | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics
Volney Gay

In the midst of our festivities, we should find time to mourn the choices of our Founding Fathers that haunt us still.

Turn July 4 Independence Day Into Inter-Dependence Day

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 06.28.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Lerner

[Bring your friends together for a celebratory picnic or luncheon of our inter-dependence, transforming July 4th into a celebration that affirms what ...

July 4 and Alice: The Wonderlands of Freedom

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.06.2016 | Books
Randee Mia Berman

In the middle of the terrace barbecue, I was thinking about Alice, Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson Airplane, and the White Rabbit, all marching to the tune of their own inner fife and drummers. All in the name of Independence.

How Progressives Talk About July 4 And Our National History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There has to be a way we can do what needs doing, to shine a light on the problems and injustices in our country, while still publicly embracing a commitment to the whole country, the whole community.

Americana for the Fourth of July

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.04.2016 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

But seriously, if there's a time to use the word Americana, it's got to be July 4th, right? So here are some genre-bending releases that fit the name.

Happy Independence Day!

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2016 | Politics

(Updates with quotes, color from Washington, D.C.) By Katie Reilly NEW YORK, July 4 (Reuters) - Americans marched in st...

Read The Best July Fourth Oration Ever Given

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics

In 1852, the abolitionist Frederick Douglass delivered what could be considered the best July Fourth oration ever given. In an address to the Ladies...

Obama Honors Military Families, Cheers On Team USA In July 4 Address

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama honored military families for their service in his annual July Fourth address. "On this most American of holidays, we rememb...

A Lesson I Learned in the Army

Harry Franqui-Rivera, Ph.D. | Posted 07.03.2016 | Latino Voices
Harry Franqui-Rivera, Ph.D.

Graduation came and MS S. was there in full Marine regalia, proud as hell. His son was graduating. He had lost some 40 pounds and was down so many sizes his father did not recognize him at first. He had become a soldier against all odds.

Sara Bondioli

Celebrating 4th Of July With A Long Weekend? Here's Why You're Able To. | Sara Bondioli | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics

If you're not working on July 3, thank your company. But government policy may have played a role in that as well, even if you aren't a federal employ...

July 4 Celebrates Freedom...Right?

Patrick Vaughn | Posted 06.30.2016 | Religion
Patrick Vaughn

Freedom is a gift, but freedom without responsibility enslaves us to our own whims and desires. Freedom without accountability destroys community, and freedom without purpose sends us into a swirling sea of self-absorption.

Are Banks Open on the 4th of July, 2015?

GOBankingRates | Posted 06.30.2016 | Business

So will your bank be open on Independence Day? To help you quickly find out if your bank will be closed on July 4, GOBankingRates confirmed Fourth of July hours from 21 of the biggest financial institutions, including Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and U.S. Bank.

Muslim Woman Berated At Heritage Event Speaks Out On Independence Day

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

The Muslim woman who was mocked at a Heritage Foundation event last month penned an Independence Day op-ed, extolling her beliefs and urging critics t...

Obama: The U.S. Has Always Been A Nation Of Immigrants

Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says 25 foreign-born service members who became U.S. citizens on the Fourth of July are vivid reminders tha...

Obama Addresses White House Petition To Make Tim Howard Secretary Of Defense

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama congratulated the U.S. men's soccer team "who represented America so well the last few weeks" at the 2014 World Cup, and gave a...

The Fourth Of July Sale Items You Need To Shop Right NOW

The Huffington Post | Michelle Persad | Posted 07.04.2014 | Style

Summer may have only just begun, but hundreds of warm-weather clothes are already on sale. From dresses to sandals to crop tops, you can buy an entire...

Declaring Our Independence Through Education

Michael Roth | Posted 09.02.2014 | College
Michael Roth

On this July 4 we should dedicate ourselves to recovering the American promise that education should increase our independence. Since the founding of this country, education has been closely tied to self-reliance, to declaring one's independence through one's ability to think for oneself and creatively contribute to society. In a quickly shifting economic landscape, it is understandable that some parents and pundits are calling for streamlined learning to train people quickly. But gearing education only to meeting current economic conditions is a ticket to conformity -- and also to economic and cultural mediocrity.

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.

Here's What To Watch This July 4th

The Huffington Post | Jessica Toomer | Posted 07.03.2014 | Entertainment

The Fourth of July may just be the most patriotic holiday of the calendar year. It's the day we celebrate our country's fight for freedom and independ...

The Spirit of Independence: How Culture Drives Politics

Robin Koerner | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Large-scale popular movements against power are triggered not when enough people see in that an abstract right has been taken from them - but when enough people actually experience their everyday lives as being impinged upon.

How To Wear Red, White And Blue With Style This July 4

HuffPost Live | Posted 07.02.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

There's no better occasion to raid your closet for your best red, white and blue than Independence Day, but how do you rock the Americana look in the ...