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July 4th

Red Velvet, White and Blue

Rachel Thebault | Posted 09.01.2011 | Food
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.

July 4th Fireworks Banned In Several States

AP | ANGELA K. BROWN | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

FORT WORTH, Texas — From Arizona to Florida, there will be fewer oohs and aahs at the rockets' red glare this Fourth of July: Many cities and co...

3-Day Weekend Plans: Fireworks, Arm Wrestling, Rooftop Bash

| Ashley Henshaw | Posted 08.28.2011 | Chicago

Budget cutbacks have led to the cancellation of Chicago’s city-run fireworks shows this year, including those at the Taste of Chicago. It's disappoi...

July 4th: A Family Dinner Table Talk

Posted 08.31.2011 | Food

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: The Fourth of July is a treasured American holiday for many reaso...

July 4 Parades Turn Children Into Republicans, Study Says

Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

Children who attend July 4 celebrations are more likely to identify themselves as Republicans later in life, a new Harvard University study finds. ...

Islam, America and July 4th

Mike Ghouse | Posted 08.31.2011 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Freedom is one of the most cherished values of humanity and I am pleased to share its arrangement in American and Islamic space. Both emphasize the freedom of conscience, justice and liberty.

Were America's Founding Fathers Faithful?

Huffington Post | Anna Bahr | Posted 08.31.2011 | Divorce

Every July 4th, we celebrate the values that define the quintessential American spirit: community, hard work, individualism, and freedom. These are th...

Colors Of Summer: Red Fruit Crumble

Honest Cooking | Posted 08.30.2011 | Food
Honest Cooking

Crumbles are a lovely way to make the most of fresh fruit. You can simply choose any kind of fruit that suits your fantasy and creativity, and change the filling ingredients according to seasons.

The Faithful Shopper: The Heavenly Hamptons

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 08.30.2011 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

With the Independence Day weekend just ahead, I'm headed for the beach! The Hamptons beckon, with a slew of new seasonal stores in the main shopping districts.

Savor Your July 4 Celebration: The Practice Of Mindful Eating

Thich Nhat Hanh | Posted 08.30.2011 | Religion
Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindful eating sees each meal as representative of the whole cosmos. Look closely at an apple and you can see a cloud floating in it, as well as the rain, the earth and the sunshine that made the apple tree flower and fruit.

Red, White & Wine: What To Drink On July 4th

Mary Orlin | Posted 08.30.2011 | Food
Mary Orlin

From burgers to fried chicken and apple pie, we'll be feasting on a typical American menu. The wine should also be as American as the food.

Best July 4th Fireworks & Fests In Denver

| Sheri L. Thompson | Posted 08.28.2011 | Denver

We Americans love variety. True to form, Denver’s got nine July 4th celebrations for you to choose from, come Monday. Old-Fashioned Fourth: Step ...

Top Ten Deleted Phrases From the Declaration of Independence (SLIDESHOW)

James Napoli | Posted 08.29.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

Every great piece of history-making writing has to have gone through a first draft, right? Here are the ten most notable highlights from the rejected Declaration material.

July 4th Weekend in LA: Fireworks & Fun

| Katie Bain | Posted 08.29.2011 | Los Angeles

"Hollywood ain’t America," goes a country tune popular with family back east. It’s true! It ain’t, and that’s because Los Angeles has got more...

The Truth That Changed the World

Lorna Bright | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Lorna Bright

We all have an innate desire for freedom on every level of life. When we come to really know and believe the self-evident truth that each one of us is intended to live freely in body, mind and spirit, everything changes.

New USDA Food Safety Ad Campaign: Clean, Cook, Chill, Separate

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 08.28.2011 | Food

WASHINGTON -- Clean. Cook. Chill. Separate. That's the message of a new U.S. government campaign to raise awareness of safe food handling in the wake...

Emma Gray

Healthy Twists On Traditional Fourth Of July Calorie Bombs | Emma Gray | Posted 08.28.2011 | Healthy Living

Fourth of July celebrations can make us feel like it's practically an American obligation to enjoy the outdoors, fireworks and, of course, delicious f...

PHOTOS: Best July 4th Vacations In America

AOL Travel News | Posted 08.24.2011 | Travel

With its day-long beach parties, afternoon parades, nightly concerts, and dazzling fireworks, July 4th isn't an everyday holiday -- it's the birthday ...

Bin Laden Files Reveal Idea To Hijack And Blow Up Oil Tankers

AP | By EILEEN SULLIVAN and MATT APUZZO | Posted 07.20.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Osama bin Laden's personal files revealed a brazen idea to hijack oil tankers and blow them up at sea last summer, creating explosions h...

This 4th of July: I See a Different America

Alexia Parks | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alexia Parks

The ties that bind the Fourth of July together for me are universal constants.

Military Vet P.T.S.D. Politiku

Susanna Speier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susanna Speier

The July 5th submission pile-up of "Fireworks & Combat Trauma Politiku" --written by military vets with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-- in response t...

The Everyday Patriot

Tom Morris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tom Morris

Take action, do something good, and by your deeds as well as your words, you can live the patriotic spirit every day. This is one great reminder of the holiday we've just experienced, and the mindset it helps us to celebrate.