Fourth of July

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Cops: Fourth of July Boat Crash Was Murder

41-year-old had been drinking ahead of collision in Alabama: cops

(Newser) - Authorities have arrested a man on charges of murder and boating under the influence following a Fourth of July collision on an Alabama lake that killed two people. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Marine Patrol troopers on Monday announced the arrest of 41-year-old Damien Bruno of Clanton, per the AP . Authorities... More »

Boater's Escape From Deputies Doesn't Go Well

Robert Callahan jumps into Lake Shasta, then asks deputy to rescue him

(Newser) - A man suspected of operating a boat while drunk almost immediately regretted his decision to try to flee deputies. Robert Callahan of Oregon jumped into the water from his boat rather than submit to a sobriety test, authorities tell Redding Record Searchlight . He made it about 50 yards before asking... More »

Stabbing Causes Stampede at Chicago Fireworks

Police say 16 people were injured

(Newser) - Chicago police say a fight at the annual fireworks show at Navy Pier caused panic that injured more than a dozen people. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says three people were stabbed during a fight that followed the Fourth of July display, which draws thousands of people to the Lake... More »

Trump Asks Americans to 'Stay True to Our Cause'

He steered clear of politics in Fourth of July address

(Newser) - President Trump celebrated the story of America as "the greatest political journey in human history" in a Fourth of July commemoration before a soggy but cheering crowd of spectators on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial, the AP reports. As rain fell on him, Trump called on Americans to... More »

This Is America's Most Patriotic State

New Hampshire tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - It's Independence Day—do you know how patriotic your state is? WalletHub looked at 13 factors, including voting numbers, volunteerism rates, military engagement, trial and grand jury participation, the share of residents participating in groups or organizations, and even a state's civics education requirement. Based on all that,... More »

DC Protesters Plan Their Own Trump-Themed 4th of July

'Baby Trump' balloon will fly in DC on 'Salute to America' day

(Newser) - President Trump wanted a Fourth of July extravaganza in DC, and he's promising to deliver nothing less now that the day is here. "People are coming from far and wide to join us today and tonight for what is turning out to be one of the biggest celebrations... More »

10 Best, Worst Cities to Celebrate July 4

The Big Apple promises the best time, while San Bernardino falls last

(Newser) - Tomorrow is Independence Day, meaning you still have time to get to where the best celebrations are going to be. WalletHub tries to suss those out for you, looking at the 100 most populous cities in the nation across five major categories: affordability, attractions and activities, safety and accessibility, the... More »

Report: Park Service Dropped $2.5M on Trump's July 4th Event

Tanks now in place in Washington, DC

(Newser) - With at least two tanks now parked close to the Lincoln Memorial, the stage is set for President Trump's Fourth of July "Salute to America." Trump, who will speak at the memorial Thursday evening, has also ordered flyovers from Air Force One and aircraft from each branch... More »

Trump Will Have Potent Military Symbol for July 4th Speech

Tanks will be on display on National Mall

(Newser) - President Trump isn't getting the full military parade he wanted in DC on the Fourth of July, but he is getting some mighty symbols of military power—tanks. It's not clear how many or exactly where they'll be, but the president said Monday that tanks will be... More »

It's Been 70 Years Since There's Been a July 4 Speech Like Trump's

President to address the nation from Lincoln Memorial

(Newser) - More details are emerging about President Trump's Fourth of July event in Washington, which the New York Times describes as "the next best thing" to Trump's axed military parade . As hundreds of thousands gather at the National Mall for the celebration, Trump will address the nation from... More »

'I Will Make Your Lives on Dove Lane Insanely Miserable'

Letter threatened against use of fireworks, didn't work

(Newser) - No July 4th is complete without hearing at least one person complain about fireworks, but a Michigan resident took that to the extreme. Fox 2 reports on the brouhaha and the resolution. The former began Sunday, when four homes on Dove Lane in Chesterfield Township found a letter penned by... More »

Amid Firework Booms, 'an Ungodly Sound'

Falling tree limb kills 2, injures 5 in Illinois

(Newser) - Two men out celebrating the Fourth of July in Rock Island, Ill., didn't get to see it dawn. Daniel Mendoza, 61, and Lawrence Anderson, 72, died of "multiple traumatic crushing injuries" late Tuesday after a massive tree limb fell on the pair during a fireworks show at the... More »

Is This the 'Next Generation Firework Show'?

Drones take over Fourth of July celebrations in dry states

(Newser) - The booms of fireworks were missing from various towns in drought-wracked states over the Fourth of July, but that doesn't mean there wasn't celebration in the skies. To avoid the risk of wildfires, towns in California, Colorado, and Arizona turned to drones for entertainment. In Carefree, Ariz., the... More »

The White House July 4th Concert Includes ... Who?

Marquee names still keeping a distance from President Trump

(Newser) - Tuning into the White House July 4th concert on the Hallmark channel? You're not likely to see many celebs, unless you like American Idol finalists—"as in, not actual winners," the Washington Post explains. Idol alumni Jax and Jonny Brenns, country singer Sara Evans, and Russian-born classical... More »

At Least 102 Shot in Chicago Over Holiday Weekend

Cops there are 'frustrated'

(Newser) - It was a long and bloody weekend in Chicago, where police say at least 102 people were shot between Friday afternoon and early Wednesday, 15 of them fatally. Police say they're "perplexed" and "frustrated" by the scale of the gun violence, which comes after a relatively peaceful... More »

Flying Puke Interrupts Live Fourth of July TV Interview

'I drove home, took a hot shower and a long nap

(Newser) - Attacks on the media are increasing in frequency—and now they include flying vomit. The New York Post reports Wendy Burch of California's KTLA was covering an annual Fourth of July competition in which participants run a mile, swim a mile, and chug a sixer of beer. Surrounded by... More »

Declaration of Independence Riles Some Trump Supporters

NPR tweeted the entire document, which confused some

(Newser) - NPR marked the Fourth of July by tweeting the entire Declaration of Independence, but it seems some Twitter users didn't recognize what they were reading. The AP reports the broadcaster tweeted out the words of the declaration line-by-line Tuesday. Some of the founders' criticisms of King George III were... More »

1 Dead After Shootout at Fireworks Stand

Police say two armed men tried to rob the business

(Newser) - The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says one person is dead after a shootout at a fireworks stand on the Fourth of July. The sheriff's office says the shootout happened after "two young males" tried to rob the Oklahoma fireworks stand Tuesday. Deputy Justin Green says both the... More »

7 Celebrities Born on the 4th of July

One of them is a celebrity gorilla

(Newser) - It's Independence Day, but for the 19 celebrities rounded up by Ranker , it's also a birthday. A sampling of the famous people (well, and one gorilla) with July 4 birthdates:
  • Playwright Neil Simon
  • Wrestler Sid Vicious
  • The Scarlet Letter author Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Former president Calvin Coolidge
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New Jersey Reopens Beaches for 4th of July

Chris Christie will have to share the beach

(Newser) - A budget deal has been reached in New Jersey, meaning state beaches will be open to people other than Gov. Chris Christie and his family in time for the Fourth of July holiday. Christie—who was strongly criticized for sunning himself on a beach closed to the public as part... More »

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