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July 4th

Will You Be Watching Fireworks On July 4th? (POLL)

Posted 06.28.2013 | MarloThomas

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I Will Reflect, Not Celebrate

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
William H. Lamar IV

Before my political awakening the Fourth was a fun day of barbecue, games, and fellowship with family and friends. Now, I reflect upon this nation's refusal to live up to the syrupy platitudes about liberty and sacrifice our political leaders will serve us like so many hot dogs.

The Faithful Shopper: Sounds of Summer

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 08.27.2013 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Maybe it's the memories of summers gone by, with barbecues and our trusty stereos at our side - or the fact I know a lot of people sorting their album...

Where To Eat July 4th In D.C.

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.28.2013 | DC

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Washington, D.C. this year? You'll want to head into the holiday weekend on a full stomach. After all, D.C. is pa...

Huffington This Week: Stars, Stripes and Hummus

Arianna Huffington | Posted 08.28.2013 | Taste
Arianna Huffington

In this week's special Fourth of July issue, Saki Knafo looks at the Americanization of one of the Middle East's most traditional dishes: hummus. Elsewhere in the issue, we feature a photo essay of Americans as seen from the backs of their t-shirts. And we've gone all in on features about America's culinary traditions from clambakes and cocktails to ice cream and a survey of American foods that, alas, aren't really American.

10 Classic American Dishes for the Fourth of July

Food52 | Posted 06.24.2013 | Taste
Food52

Regional recipes from across the country that showcase quintessential American home-cooking.

Huffington Issues 55-56: 4th Of July Edition

Posted 06.24.2013 | Huffington

This week in Huffington, we bring you a special, 4th of July-themed edition, with a serious focus on our favorite holiday activity: eating! In our cov...

The Day Before the Fourth of July, Fight for Freedom -- From Paralysis

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

On July 3, the day before Independence Day, the California Senate Health Committee will hear a bill that fights for freedom from paralysis. A.B. 714 would provide $1 million annually for the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999 partially restoring its original funds.

Is India's Independece Day A Hindu Holiday?

Vineet Chander | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Vineet Chander

Should India's Independence Day be celebrated in Hindu temples in America? I think so. We can use the day to reflect on identity, on struggle and sacrifice, and on the deeper, spiritual significance of concepts like freedom or independence.

Fearlessly Claim Your Freedom!

Rhonda Britten | Posted 09.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Rhonda Britten

Our forefathers had to put it all on the line. Had to put their quest for freedom above all else. It took years. It was harder than they thought. How did they do it? They had to stay focused. Get past their differences. Go for a common goal. They had to decide that their commitment was worth facing their fear.

What Caused The July Fourth Yacht Accident That Killed 3 Kids?

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 09.05.2012 | New York

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. — A sunken yacht on which three children died during an Independence Day fireworks outing was tethered on Friday to prevent it ...

'Wipeout': Military Man Loses His 'Mouse-kini' In The Water

Posted 09.05.2012 | TV

If a serviceman or woman ever needs a medic, they should just look for the guy in the ... mouse-kini? "Wipeout" (Thu., 9 p.m. ET on ABC) honored the F...

KA-BOOM: July 4th Fireworks Photos

Posted 07.05.2012 | Politics

Is there a better way to celebrate your country's independence than setting off lots and lots of fireworks? The United States has been pondering th...

Fireworks Show Malfunctions, Explodes All The Fireworks At One Time

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 07.05.2012 | Technology

Ever wonder what would happen if hundreds of fireworks exploded at once? San Diego experienced this phenomenon -- by accident -- when an annual fi...

Colleges Founded Before The American Revolution

Posted 07.05.2012 | College

By the time of the American revolution, there were already multiple colleges up and running. ...

Cuba on Independence Day

Diana Nyad | Posted 09.04.2012 | Miami
Diana Nyad

Millions of us worldwide, but especially here in the United States, have been fascinated by the mystique of this "forbidden" island so close to our shores.

Yacht Accident Off Long Island Kills Three Children

AP | FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 09.04.2012 | New York

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. — A yacht that capsized with 27 friends and family aboard on an outing to watch Fourth of July fireworks was severely overcrowd...

PHOTOS: America's Most Crowded Beaches

Travel + Leisure | Posted 09.04.2012 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

The fourth of July brings to mind fireworks, barbecue and, if you live in Ocean City, crowds.

PHOTOS: Florida Does The 4th

Posted 07.05.2012 | Miami

You could practically hear the Lee Greenwood echo from Gulf to ocean: Florida loves it some Fourth of July. And whether with painted face, giant f...

Obama Praises Military At 4th Of July Speech

AP | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is marking the Fourth of July by thanking service members and their families, who he said "represent what is best...

Happy Independence Day!! (Two Days Late)

Steve Clemons | Posted 07.04.2012 | Home
Steve Clemons

America's Independence Day really should be July 2nd and not July 4th. So happy Independence Day -- and a salute to the day it happened and when we finally got around to the party!

Code For America

Ariel Charney | Posted 09.03.2012 | Technology
Ariel Charney

On a day set aside to reflect on what our country means to us, we're calling on all Americans to think about what they can freely do to make our cities better. Let's ask not what our cities can do for us, but what we can do for our cities.

July 4th: If Only ...

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

On this Independence Day, I wonder, if only it were possible for the second president of the United States, John Adams, to magically find himself walking among us today, how, if at all, might he change some of his most famous quotes.

True Independence

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

Our national independence has been secured for a long time, at least as long as I've been alive. During my lifetime, the real struggle in America has not been for national independence, but rather for personal independence.

PHOTOS: America Celebrates Independence Day

Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Across the United States, Americans are celebrating 236 years of independence with backyard barbeques, family gatherings an...