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July 4th

A July 4th Product Placement America

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 07.10.2015 | Weird News
Crazy Legs Conti

Bill Murray as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on the Hudson" solves world peace by encouraging The King of England to eat a hot dog.

American Patriots Shoot Fireworks At Each Other From Their Butts

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 07.10.2015 | Weird News

Somewhere in this great nation, a bald eagle is shedding a freedom tear with pride. On July 4th, patriots Leroy and Sugarbush went above and beyond...

Hillary's Rope Trick Getting a Bum Rap

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Now, a photo's worth a thousand words and all of that, and I certainly agree that the pictures were not favorable to Clinton, since they seemed to reinforce the "Hillary has contempt for the public" theme.

DIRTYBIRD BBQ Scorches Portland, Announces New Release

Buster Ross | Posted 07.08.2015 | Arts
Buster Ross

The infamous DIRTYBIRD BBQ, and DIRTYBIRD crew, made their grill debut in Portland, OR on Saturday, July 4th, at the OMSI Bridge Lot. Thousands gathered in the heat (and misters!) to dance to the sounds of Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, J.Phlip, Justin Jay and Christian Martin.

July 4 and Alice: The Wonderlands of Freedom

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.06.2015 | 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.

Americana for the Fourth of July

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 07.04.2015 | 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.

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...

Taylor Swift And Calvin Harris' July 4th Photos Make Sparks Fly

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 07.04.2015 | Entertainment

The sparks flying between Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris might be all the fireworks you need this weekend. The couple started Fourth of July celebr...

Addressing Veteran Suicide Head-on: Q&A With Oscar Winner Ellen Goosenberg Kent

Joshua Kors | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics
Joshua Kors

One number: 22. That's all it took to transform Ellen Goosenberg Kent from a filmmaker to a woman on a mission. "When I heard that 22 veterans are killing themselves every day, I thought: This is outrageous. That's almost one every hour. I had to do something," she said.

What You Should Really Be Celebrating This 4th Of July

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.04.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is presumably what you're celebrating on Independence Day this Saturday -- and hot dogs, beer and fireworks...

U.S. Marks July Fourth Amid Worries Over Security, Sharks, Wildfires

Reuters | Katie Reilly | Posted 07.04.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK, July 4 (Reuters) - Millions of Americans on Saturday gathered for Independence Day parades, picnics and hotdog eating competitions, defying ...

11 Religious Americans Who Fought For Freedom

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion

The Fourth of July commemorates the United States declaring its independence from Britain, but the Revolutionary War did not win freedom for all Ameri...

A Lesson I Learned in the Army

Harry Franqui-Rivera, Ph.D. | Posted 07.03.2015 | 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.

What I Signed on to

Michael Vlahos | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Michael Vlahos

In every great nation in every time, the idea for which we serve is always lost, long before the fall.

If Mexicans Toasted July 4th Like Americans Toast Cinco De Mayo

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 07.03.2015 | Comedy

Official beverage of America: Natural Light. Every year on the 5th of May, Americans consume tacos and tequila in honor of -- wait, what is it for?...

Finding My Mother and My American Identity

Joel Peterson | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Americans may be equal, but we are not all the same. It is the willingness of one American to defend the right of another to be different -- to think, to believe, to live in ways and to say things that one may vehemently dislike. But we will act to defend this differentness, this right to be free and unique -- even at risk of death.

Thinking About Independence, and the Freedom to Explore My Identity, on the 4th of July

April Dinwoodie | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents
April Dinwoodie

The fourth of July is upon us, a holiday that signifies a meaningful moment in U.S. history, a date that marks our official independence as a nation. Over time, freedom and independence have come to take on very deep meaning for me as a transracially adopted person.

United We Stand. Happy Interdependence Day!

Donna Henes | Posted 07.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Donna Henes

Recently I was asked to speak about the shamanic point of view of team building with an emphasis on creating alliances and community. But from a shama...

Here's An Important Reminder That Even Small Fireworks Can Start Big Fires

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 07.02.2015 | Weird News

Independence Day is nearly upon us and that means millions of Americans are likely to hit up their local fireworks store for small, overpriced explosi...

Independence Day 2.0: More Democracy Every Day!

Lisa Schirch | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

On this July 4th, let's declare our independence from bad meetings. It's time to demand that we all be heard when we gather, not just on election day, but everyday.

Can You Deduct a Midnight Ride?

Mark Steber | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

As we approach our nation's birthday, barbeque, swimming, and fireworks tend to dominate our thoughts. Hopefully we can make time for another thought, even if it's brief and in between hot dogs, about the men and women who helped make our country and how they weren't very different from us.

Onward for All of Us: Thoughts on Independence Day

Kathy Stevens | Posted 07.02.2015 | Impact
Kathy Stevens

On Independence Day, I invite you to consider whether all beings--not just humans, dogs, and cats--are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and to join the legions who have chosen to align their lifestyles with their beliefs. All you have to do is go vegan.

Putting Words Into Action

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 07.06.2015 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

So this July 4th, I'd ask everyone to go beyond what they might usually do (for example, thanking us for our service) and get to know us through action. A little creativity and an inquisitive mind will turn up lots of opportunities to put your talents to good use.

13 Ways Artists Around The World Have Interpreted The American Flag

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.02.2015 | Arts

Happy (almost) birthday, America! We hope you're celebrating this festive occasion with no shortage of beverages, fireworks, BBQ and outdoor activitie...