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The World's Largest American Flag Takes 600 People To Unfurl (VIDEO)

Jul 4th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Patriotic displays don't get much bigger than this. At 505 feet wide and 3,000 pounds, "The Superflag" is the world's largest American flag. Each star on the enormous banner is nearly two stories high, and it takes 600 people to unfurl it. lf this giant giant version of "Old Glory" looks familiar (besides, of course, the standard stars and stripes), that's because it makes stops at events across...

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...

One Day Not Enough To Celebrate Independence Day? Take A Week

One Day Not Enough To Celebrate Independence Day? Take A Week Jun 18th, 2013 at 4:00PM: tsuacctnt/Flickr Coming up in less than a month, America celebrates its Independence Day as fireworks light up the sky at events around the country. This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Thursday. That might mean an extra day off work for some, returning on Friday to end the week. Others might be in for an extra long, four-day weekend with plenty of time for travel. Regardless of how your...

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...

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...

More things to do in the national parks this weekend

More things to do in the national parks this weekend Jul 1st, 2011 at 8:00AM: Earlier this week we recommended a number of fun things to do this long Fourth of July weekend in the national parks. Those suggestions included fireworks displays on the National Mall and a picnic at Valley Forge, amongst other things. It turns out we were just scratching the surface, as here are even more great events happening in the parks this weekend. Colorado National Monument will once...

Barbecue and picnic tips for a safe, delicious (and seasonal) Fourth of July

Barbecue and picnic tips for a safe, delicious (and seasonal) Fourth of July Jun 28th, 2011 at 10:00AM: For Americans, there's no holiday more synonymous with eating outdoors than the Fourth of July. It's the ultimate summer dining event, one that largely emphasizes regional foods and seasonal ingredients. Tomatoes and corn are perhaps the two most iconic summer foods served on the Fourth (just because we live in an era where we can purchase certain ingredients yearound doesn't mean they...

Alternatives to fireworks for July 4th

Alternatives to fireworks for July 4th Jun 27th, 2011 at 4:30PM: It's been 35 years since the city of Austin canceled its July 4th fireworks display, but due to the extreme drought in Travis County, Austin's fiery light show has been canceled. Because of the hot, dry, and windy conditions in this section of Texas, the Travis County Fire Marshal decided not to approve any permits for fireworks throughout the county. "We just can't take that chance", said...

Fourth of July travel deals from Viator

Fourth of July travel deals from Viator Jun 27th, 2011 at 12:15PM: Sometimes the best things come to those who wait. If you're looking for some last minute Independence Day deals, our pals at Viator have pulled together a list of Fourth of July bargains to help travelers get the most out of their three-day weekend. From New York to Oahu, below are some suggestions that will have you seeing red, white and blue without spending a whole lot of green. New York:...

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...

Spend Independence Day in a national park

Spend Independence Day in a national park Jun 27th, 2011 at 8:00AM: The Fourth of July holiday has always been a popular one in the U.S. This coming weekend, millions of people across the country will gather with friends and family to celebrate the day our country won its independence with food, music, and fireworks. It is a tradition like no other, and one that is made all the better when combined with another great American tradition – the national parks....

Ski and bike Mammoth Mountain this weekend

Ski and bike Mammoth Mountain this weekend Jun 24th, 2011 at 8:30AM: The massive snowfalls that have blanketed the western U.S. this past winter and spring are making for some very unique opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts this summer. For instance, Mammoth Mountain in California has has remained open for skiing all year so far and yet they'll also be opening their mountain bike park for the season today as well. That means, you'll have the option to both ski...

Gadling's 2011 New Year's travel resolutions

Gadling's 2011 New Year's travel resolutions Dec 29th, 2010 at 10:30AM: It's that time of year again. A time when we all make certain promises to ourselves, in an attempt to make our lives more organized, our bodies stronger or leaner. We vow to spend more time with loved ones, give back to others, or ditch that cubicle job. And some of us...well, we just want to keep on traveling, any way we can manage to finagle it. In the spirit of New Year's, I asked my fellow...

Photo of the Day (7.4.10)

Photo of the Day (7.4.10) Jul 4th, 2010 at 6:00PM: Happy birthday, America. What better way to celebrate this great day than with some fireworks? While we've seen plenty of stellar fireworks photos over the years, we've got to hand it to Flickr user ohad*, who captured this quirky shot during a visit to Delray Beach, Florida. True, the fireworks in question were for New Year's. But no matter, the feel of the image is great - the slow shutter...

OpenTable Diners' Choice winners for American grub

OpenTable Diners' Choice winners for American grub Jul 4th, 2009 at 4:00PM: Once your barbeque is finished and you've cleaned up the long, you'll probably want to leave the house for your next meal. You've done your share of cooking and coped with the mess. When you're looking for a restaurant to make your life easier tomorrow, check out OpenTable's list of top shops for Best American Cuisine. The winners come from 2.5 million OpenTable user reviews of more than 9,000...

Gadlinks for Friday 7.3.09

Gadlinks for Friday 7.3.09 Jul 3rd, 2009 at 6:30PM: It's Aloha Friday! Time for another virtual trip across the travel blogosphere. Shall we? 4th of July festivities are already underway. Bust out the barbecue and your picnic blankets! Oh yeah, if you're into fireworks check out Travel + Leisure's list for America's best fireworks displays. Is it possible to fly green? Well, not really, but you can fly greener if you follow these tips. ...

More Independence Days to Celebrate

More Independence Days to Celebrate Aug 1st, 2007 at 2:05PM: August is another Independence Day bonanza. The shifts of power didn't happen all at once, but 1960 was a big year. If you're in any of these countries expect a holiday. Maybe there will be fireworks or a parade or a speech or two. August 1 - Benin gained independence from France August 3-- Niger gained its independence from France August 5 --Burkina Faso also gained independence from...

The Best Fourth of July Celebrations, According to Forbes

The Best Fourth of July Celebrations, According to Forbes Jul 4th, 2007 at 1:36PM: Happy Fourth of July to all you Americans out there! I hope you're celebrating your nation's independence with plenty of food, beer, friends and laughter. No matter where you are in the states, there's bound to be a celebration of some sort to mark this historic day. In fact Forbes has put together a list of the best Fourth of July celebrations. Not surprisingly, the festivities at the nation's...

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