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Statue Of Liberty Reopens For First Time Since Hurricane Sandy

Statue Of Liberty Reopens For First Time Since Hurricane Sandy Jul 4th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Public Domain One of the most iconic symbols of American freedom is set to reopen just in time to celebrate the nation's birthday. The Statue of Liberty, which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy on October 29 of last year, will welcome visitors for the first time since that day with the arrival of a morning ferry at 8:45 a.m. When Sandy made landfall in New York City last fall, the storm surge...

Where Fireworks Freaks Go On Independence Day

Where Fireworks Freaks Go On Independence Day Jun 30th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Adam Baker/Flickr As America prepares to celebrate its Independence Day this week, thoughts might turn to picnics, barbecues, an extra day off work and a patriotic display of fireworks. Look up after dark on the Fourth of July at just about any city or town in the United States and colorful displays will fill the sky. Some Americans plan their own displays where permitted while others seek out...

Video Of The Day: San Diego Fireworks Fail

Jul 5th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Millions of Americans went back to work today after the Independence Day holiday yesterday, and many began tweeting about the July Fourth fireworks display in San Diego. Apparently, due to a malfunction, instead of a 20-minute show, ALL the fireworks went off at one time, lighting up the sky for only a few seconds. YouTube user Andrew92106 uploaded today's Video of the Day, showing off the short...

Photo Of The Day: Fourth Of July In Indiana

Photo Of The Day: Fourth Of July In Indiana Jul 4th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Patriotism means something different to everyone, but today we each celebrate the home we have found in the United States. We celebrate today with things that complete any good party: food, drinks, music, the outdoors and a good show. In most places, the show tonight will be a fireworks display. For that reason, I chose this photo by Keith Pennington as today's Photo Of The Day. A night sky in...

Celebrate July Fourth On The National Mall

Celebrate July Fourth On The National Mall Jul 4th, 2012 at 9:00AM: If you're looking for a unique and fun way to celebrate Independence Day today, and you're fortunate enough to live close to Washington D.C., you may want to drop by the National Mall to take part in the annual festivities. The iconic monuments and memorials that make up the Mall should make for an inspiring backdrop to a full day of events. Among the more memorable attractions on the National...

Seattle Culinary Camp With Chef Tom Douglas Offers A Taste Of Washington State

Seattle Culinary Camp With Chef Tom Douglas Offers A Taste Of Washington State Apr 8th, 2012 at 12:00PM: It's a well-known fact amongst Seattleites that the sun always comes out for the summer starting on July 4. OK, that wasn't true two years ago but on July 5, there it was. Anyway, it's the official start of our summer and that means it's also the start of the eating season. For farmers market goers and lovers of the grill and al fresco dining, July is kickoff time. Perhaps that's why Tom...

Folly Beach, South Carolina: The Country's Greatest Fourth of July

Folly Beach, South Carolina: The Country's Greatest Fourth of July Jul 20th, 2011 at 12:00PM: This most recent Fourth of July, on a beach in South Carolina, a guy named Freddie handed me a beer after I took his photo in front of his American flag. He'd just done his best Iwo Jima pose, and as I tapped his email address into my phone, promising to send him the pictures very soon, he insisted I take a turn hoisting the stars and stripes. Road trip tip: Do whatever a beer-toting,...

Fireworks in Austin from July 4th, 2010

Jul 3rd, 2011 at 4:00PM: With Independence Day arriving tomorrow, many Texans are wondering just how to celebrate the 4th of July without fireworks. The sparkling display has been canceled this year due to the extreme drought in the area. I recently published a piece on Alternatives to Fireworks for those of you afflicted by firework-less regions. My favorite suggestion in the piece, cheesy as it may sound, was a...

The Fourth of July in the Nation's Capital

The Fourth of July in the Nation's Capital Jun 27th, 2011 at 3:30PM: What better place to celebrate the Fourth of July than in our nation's capital? Washington, DC offers a number of patriotic activities to celebrate Independence Day. In addition to the slew of predictable sightseeing activities along the National Mall, the new President's gallery at Madame Tussauds wax museum, visits to the White House, Capitol building and strolls along the Georgetown...

Gear suggestions for holiday weekend trips outdoors

Gear suggestions for holiday weekend trips outdoors Jun 27th, 2011 at 11:30AM: Summer is in full-swing and with the Independence Day weekend right around the corner, people are planningfor trips to the great outdoors. From hiking to camping, getting into nature is a great way to enjoy the holiday and unplug from your everyday life. However, if you're going to do it right, you need to have the proper gear. Last year, we set you up with the ultimate camping gear guide. All of...

Hot Dog Eating Contest Record Broken

Hot Dog Eating Contest Record Broken Jun 4th, 2007 at 2:39PM: The hot dog eating reign of Takeru Kobayashi is a thing of the past. Kobayashi has won the famous Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest a record six times, and is considered the top ranked eater by the International Federation of Competitive Eating. This past Saturday, June 6, Kobayashi's record of 53¾ hot dogs -- with buns -- in 12 minutes was shattered by Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, who ate a...

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