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July 4

Look for Love This Fourth of July

Larry Schwimmer | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Larry Schwimmer

Be on the lookout for five special love relationships that the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune or, Pluto might bring you this July 4.

PHOTOS: The Country's Top Towns For Fireworks

Posted 07.03.2012 | Travel

Move over New York: The country's most fireworks-crazed cities may not be the ones you're picturing. Social check-in app Foursquare has mined its d...

A Season of Civility: Religion And Public Life

Parker J. Palmer | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Parker J. Palmer

Political civility is not about being polite to each other. It's about reclaiming the power of "We the People" to come together, debate the common good and call American democracy back to its highest values amid our differences.

Thomas Jefferson: American Enigma

Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D. | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D.

This week we celebrate the independence declared and won during the founding era of the nation. Celebrating the Declaration of Independence brings annual focus to the primary author of the document, who is still the subject of competing claims about his life, his faith and his beliefs.

In Divided Era, What Does July 4th Mean?

Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics

By TED ANTHONY, ASSOCIATED PRESS SMITHTOWN, N.Y. — In the market for new designer eyewear this Independence Day? Look no further than Wize Eyes o...

How To Picnic In Style This July 4th

The Huffington Post | Christina Anderson | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

As we gear up to celebrate Independence Day, many of us are thinking about what to bring to the annual picnic: Rosé or white? Fudge brownies or apple...

Freedom Isn't Free

Richard Trumka | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Let's call this right-wing "freedom" catch phrase what it really is: a grossly political strategy to dupe the public, which holds the word "freedom" as something sacred.

PHOTOS: The Best Places To Watch NYC's July 4 Fireworks Show

Oyster | Posted 09.02.2012 | Travel

At this point in the summer, every city in the U.S. is gearing up to the July 4 celebrations with plans for parades, fireworks, performances and street fairs. But few can match what New York has up its sleeve this year to mark Independence Day.

PHOTOS: 24 All-American Inns For July 4

iLoveInns | Posted 09.02.2012 | Travel

As John Adams wrote about July 4, "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." He should've added a word about a stay in one of these inns.

Madeira: Wine World Glory/ Patriotic July 4 Choice

Richard Jennings | Posted 09.01.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

Our tea-partying ancestors knew a good tax break when they saw one, so America's early love affair with one of the world's great wines was born.

On Independence Day, Also Remember Thomas Jefferson's Betrayal

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.01.2012 | Home
Bill Moyers

Enjoy the fireworks and flags, the barbecues and bargain sales. But hold this thought as well: that behind this Fourth of July holiday are human beings who were as flawed and conflicted as they were inspired. If they were to look upon us today, they most likely would think how much remains to be done.

Romney's Independence Day Advice: Buy Foreign

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 09.01.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

On this Independence Day, demonstrate patriotic pride by deliberately buying American. Search for that "Made in USA" label. Pick the product that will create American jobs, the one that is an investment in an American company and the American economy.

My Personal Declaration of Independence

Lorna Bright | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Lorna Bright

For me, real freedom is a very personal thing. It begins in my heart and mind. If I don't feel free, then all of the military victories ever won can't make my heart sing.

Lee Speigel

WATCH: July Brings An Eye-Popping Burst In UFO Sightings | Lee Speigel | Posted 10.03.2011 | Weird News

On July 2, 2011, a group of glowing orbs was seen floating over an area of Moscow, and on a video that captured them, they appear to change back and f...

What Is the Fourth of July to Me?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Famed 19th Century abolitionist and fighter for racial justice Frederick Douglass thundered in a speech "What is the Fourth of July to Me." Douglass a...

PHOTOS: Brilliant Fireworks Shine Over New York

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 09.04.2011 | New York

Forget the barbecue and apple pie (or whatever food you eat to celebrate) -- everyone knows that the best part of the Fourth of July is the fireworks....

Happy to Celebrate You, Girl!

Flavia Colgan | Posted 09.03.2011 | Impact
Flavia Colgan

While enjoying the fireworks and BBQs with family and friends, remember the strength of our nation, and that together, we can help to make her all that she can be.

Denver Slutwalk 2011: Taking Back the Streets

Nancy Cronk | Posted 09.03.2011 | Denver
Nancy Cronk

Hundreds of women and men in Colorado came together Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 to take back the streets of Denver and send two simple messages: rape is a violent crime, not a sexual act, and women never ask to be raped.

Meatless Monday: You Say You Want a Revolution?

Ellen Kanner | Posted 09.03.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Among this morning's e-mails was one my spam filter didn't catch - Revolutionary Weight Loss Pill. I hit Delete. Revolution does not come in pill fo...

PHOTOS: A Look At Independence Day Celebrations Around The World

Posted 09.02.2011 | World

Americans may be gearing up to mark July 4 with backyard barbecues and festive firework displays, but the U.S. is just one of many nations which comme...

Saki Knafo

Booming Business: America's Fireworks Retailers Talk Explosive Sales | Saki Knafo | Posted 09.03.2011 | Business

This story was reported in collaboration with our partners at When it comes to the American economy, there may not much to celebrate on ...

A Religious Reflection For Independence Day, 2011

Bishop James Magness | Posted 09.03.2011 | Religion
Bishop James Magness

Our commitment to religious freedom requires renewal with each successive generation. Never can we take for granted that all of our citizens will understand and appreciate this crucial component of our history.

To Maintain a Republic

David Bromwich | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

Over the past decade we have taken many long steps across the divide that separates a republic from an empire. The recovery of our proper ground depends on our seeing for ourselves the rightness of Abraham Lincoln's recoil from wars that are not wars of necessity.

15 All-American Recipes

KitchenDaily | Posted 09.02.2011 | Home

Who doesn't love classic American food? Usually rich, sometimes greasy, and always a treat, it's sometimes impossible to deny a craving for it....

'God Of Liberty': The Role Of Religion In American Independence

Anil Mundra | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Anil Mundra

America has always been religious -- and also religiously diverse. The historical narrative suggests that it's this special combination to which the United States owes its existence.