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July 4th

The New Shapes In The Sky This 4th

The Huffington Post | Lucas Kavner | Posted 07.04.2012 | Home

You've likely seen Jim Souza's work before, and you may see it again today. The designer, whose family has worked with fireworks for five generations,...

What Does 'The American Experience' Mean To You?

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.04.2012 | Teen

This spring, HuffPost Teen published a series of editorials written by students at Oakton High School in Virginia that answered the question, "What is...

LISTEN: The 1812 Overture

Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics

The 1812 Overture is routinely incorporated into July 4th celebrations and fireworks displays. While many Americans have come to associate the mus...

Declaration Of Independence: Full Text

Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics

The Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. Thirteen colonies -- including New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticu...

Fourth Of July: Today In History

Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Wednesday, July 4, the 186th day of 2012. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day. Today'...

It's Time to Re-Declare Independence - Politically, Economically and Spiritually

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

George III is gone. But there are other tyrants, and it's time to re-declare independence from them: cynical cheaters on Wall Street and the politicians who serve them; austerity advocates who would have the many pay the price for the greed of the few; and mind-numbing consumerism that keeps us economically and emotionally enslaved.

Your Veteran and the Fireworks Problem

Bob Geiger | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Bob Geiger

For the first few years after being discharged from the military, many veterans who have experienced combat have a difficult time on July 4th or any occasion accompanied by fireworks.

The Ensign's Meaning to Me

Thomas Brennan | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Thomas Brennan

While reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and taking your hat off during the National Anthem are a few of the ways we honor our nation's colors, there lives a man in Richlands, North Carolina who chooses to honor the flag differently.

Fire Dept.: Fireworks 'Not Worth The Risk' This Year

Posted 07.04.2012 | Denver

To date in 2012, more than 173,000 acres have already burned in Colorado, destroying more than 600 homes and taken six lives, 7News reports. Now with ...

The Most Dazzling July 4th Fireworks

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

I remember as a child driving with my family to a parking lot for the best view of the awesome display of pyrotechnics. The "oohs" and the "ahs" echoed in the night to the backdrop of the sparkling lights in the sky.

The American Dream: Immigrants & America July 4, 2012

Andrew Lubin | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Andrew Lubin

President Barack Obama's recent announcement giving the children of illegal immigrants the opportunity to work and the outraged reaction of the GOP made me step back and think "what makes someone an American?" Is it an accident of birth? Or is it an attitude?

Independence Day: Political or Military Celebration?

Anne Woods | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Anne Woods

Yes, we are celebrating a political moment in history. But that bold political move was made possible by our military.

GET IN THE RING: Romney And Obama Battlebots Knock Each Other's Blocks Off

Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 07.03.2012 | Weird News

The first presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney isn't scheduled until Oct. 3, so people who want to see the candidates go toe-to-to...

Holiday Eating Tips: 10 Ways to Enjoy a Healthy Holiday Season

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 09.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

This Fourth of July, whether you are going out of town, attending a summer barbecue, having a party on the beach, or just staying at home with your family, follow the principles of moderation.

Were You Invited To Malibu's July 4th Party?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.03.2012 | Los Angeles

The July 4th party is in Malibu, where the chosen few (hundred) will flock to private beach parties and watch fireworks shot from one of four privatel...

How Much A July 4th BBQ Will Cost You

The Huffington Post | James Sunshine | Posted 07.03.2012 | Money

If you are among the millions of Americans planning to host a 4th of July cookout, you should expect to spend quite a bit of money. We calculated j...

Declare Your Independence Where It Matters: At Work

Susan Bernstein | Posted 09.02.2012 | San Francisco
Susan Bernstein

It's time for you to declare your independence. To stand up for yourself. To take responsibility for creating what you really want from work. You need to know what you want and be able to speak up for it

What, to a Novelist, Is the 4th of July?

Lois Leveen | Posted 09.02.2012 | Books
Lois Leveen

What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a novel inspired by a real-life hero who risked her own liberty to ensure America finally made real the ideals illuminated in the Declaration of Independence?

Where To Find Free Food On July 4th

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 07.04.2012 | Money

What could be better than celebrating the promise of America with free (or almost free) food? We found a number of restaurants offering special giv...

PHOTOS: Happy 14th Birthday, Malia Obama!

Posted 07.03.2012 | Style

Having your birthday on July 4 could be a bummer, what with America stealing your thunder and all. But Malia Obama lucked out: for her Fourth of July ...

'Land of the Free?' Francis Scott Key, Composer of National Anthem, Was Defender of Slavery

Jefferson Morley | Posted 07.03.2012 | DC
Jefferson Morley

Francis Scott Key, the Washington lawyer and poet who wrote the "Star Spangled Banner," is the most unknown famous person in American history. What does Key's forgotten story mean as the 200th anniversary of his most famous work approaches?

My Father: The Unsung Hero

Nina Wolff Feld | Posted 07.03.2012 | DC
Nina Wolff Feld

One of the greatest forms of patriotism can come from the newest members of our society, who take the oath of citizenship and join the Armed Forces to protect our inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

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...

Be Patriotic: Go Beefless on July 4th

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

"If we want fewer cancers, less heart disease, more forests, and less global warming," says Doug Boucher, director of UCS's Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative, "we should eat less beef."