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July 4th

This July 4th

Aloysius Boyle | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics
Aloysius Boyle

Like our founding fathers, today's guardians of freedom continually apply their sweat and blood to preserve this as the land of the free and home of the brave. Daily, they are making a difference in the lives of so many Americans.

18 Definitions Of Freedom From The Twittersphere

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.03.2011 | Home

Freedom means different things to each of us. It could be the political act of protest to something as simple as being able to be home with your famil...

WATCH: It's The 4th Of Ju-Pie!

Posted 09.03.2011 | Comedy

Who doesn't love a good patriotic pun? More importantly, who doesn't love the sight of pies flying through the air and smashing into people's faces, w...

Four Thoughts for the Fourth

Kate Kelly | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

We all consider July Fourth to be "our nation's birthday," but given the number of steps it took to be a free country, it's good to be reminded of what the day actually signifies.

WATCH: The Truth About Paul Revere

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | Posted 09.03.2011 | Comedy

Last month saw a lot of people Googling "Paul Revere" after Sarah Palin turned his classic story into an arms battle full of bells. We mean come on, ...

Google Gets Patriotic For The 4th

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 09.03.2011 | Technology

Google's gone patriotic in honor of July 4, Independence Day in the United States. Google's homepage logo depicts a compressed map of the U.S., fr...

Duty, Honor, Country, and a Big Tent

Steve Clemons | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

After a day of reflection we look forward, to the future. America is stuck in some ruts. It has had some serious dips and shown some key economic, military and moral limits that have punctured its mystique. But I feel that America has a creative edginess that may help to undermine cynicism and get the country on a healthy, productive course that everyone has a hand in. As controversial a man General Douglas MacArthur was, he had a way with words -- and focus on the particular words of duty, honor, and country, I feel, apply to all of us.

Share Your Patriotism: Ways To Give Back On Independence Day

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 09.02.2011 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

The Founders made a difference and every day since Americans have found a way to do the same. What will you do this Independence Day Holiday to make a difference?

Abroad... All Eyes Turn to Old Glory

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 09.02.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

"Never take America for granted!" Words my American parents drilled into me during my formative years growing up in the Middle East. Is it possible to become more patriotic when the United States is far over the horizon?

The Burden and Triumph of Principle

Gary Hart | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Threats, real or imagined, are almost immediately seen as grounds for suspending the Constitutional rights of the individual. Nowhere is this more evident than the use of electronic surveillance in the age of terrorism.

USA 3.0

Harry Shearer | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

We're three trillion dollars down, the latest reports say, in trying to -- to what? Protect ourselves? Export freedom? Make the world safe for our oil interests? It's hard to know. This America would be impossible for the Founders to recognize.

Reflections on Independence Day

Larry Flynt | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Larry Flynt

The freedom on which this country was founded is not the just freedom for the thoughts we love and agree with, it's freedom for the thoughts we hate the most.

Red, White and Blue... and Many Other Colors

Marlo Thomas | Posted 09.02.2011 | Women
Marlo Thomas

We Americans like to talk about our nation's early history, and how the great experiment of our democracy continues to grow and mature with each passing decade. We're proud of our country's many-colored population, our very special Melting Pot.

Sting: "Sending out an S.O.S." on Kazakh Human Rights Abuses

Martin Lewis | Posted 09.02.2011 | World
Martin Lewis

Apprised by Amnesty International of the latest rights abuses in Kazakhstan being inflicted on oil workers and their union leaders, Sting canceled a major concert appearance.

5 Spectacular Secrets About Fireworks

The Huffington Post | Megan Hess and Catharine Smith | Posted 08.31.2011 | Technology

Since their invention in China over 1,000 years ago, aerial fireworks have dazzled crowds with their glittering displays and their terrifying booms. B...

WATCH: Fireworks Fails

Posted 06.28.2012 | Comedy

Some of these are hilarious, some are just plain scary, and at least one of them isn't a fail at all. But hopefully, they'll all serve as a shining ex...

Suburban Kids Make Cameo In Patriotic Toby Keith Video

Shorewood, WI Patch | Posted 09.02.2011 | Chicago

Getting kids to show up for school on a Saturday -- in the summer, no less -- usually isn't an easy task. But when word got out that country music ...

Which of the Original Colonies Has The Highest Divorce Rate?

Huffington Post | Ashley Reich | Posted 09.02.2011 | Divorce

In honor of Independence Day, we thought we'd take a look at the present-day divorce rates in each of the original 13 colonies, culled from the Center...

WATCH: NYPD Blows Up 5,000 Pounds Of Confiscated Fireworks

Posted 09.02.2011 | New York

The 4th of July is a special holiday weekend for all Americans, but perhaps more so for the NYPD bomb squad. That's because each year they get to blow...

Declare Independence From Negativity

Beth Green | Posted 09.02.2011 | Healthy Living
Beth Green

We use negative emotions, thoughts and behaviors in order to ward off being hurt by the negative emotions, thoughts and behaviors of others; and we use them to gain revenge when we have been hurt.

American Towns Fight To Fund Cancelled Fireworks Shows

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 09.02.2011 | Business

Fourth of July has come to be best represented by the fireworks that light up the skies of American cities. But this year, many celebrations across th...

Red Velvet, White and Blue

Rachel Thebault | Posted 09.01.2011 | Home
Rachel Thebault

People love red velvet cake. Some of our customers are completely crazed by it. Regardless of where you fall, you have to admit it's the perfect choice for a Fourth of July celebration.

Let's Think Differently and Move Beyond Oil

Michael Brune | Posted 09.01.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

This weekend, Americans will be celebrating the birth of our nation. Let's honor those revolutionaries of days gone by and build the best America we can dream -- the one where we are free to spend less money on gas and more time outside our cars.

Back to Where We Started

Mike Lux | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

235 years ago, the Continental Congress in Philadelphia voted to declare independence from Britain. Then as now, the debate raged over equality and democracy and the nature of tyranny.

A Declaration of Gay Independence

Tracy Baim | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Tracy Baim

We don't even need a new revolution to change the status quo on LGBT rights. Rather, what we need is a Declaration of Gay Independence to continue to push for equality and the will of most people to create a more fair and just society.