4th Of July

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  • ** FILE ** This July 4, 2008 file photo shows fireworks as they burst in the night sky of Bullard, Texas as part of its Independence Day celebration.  (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman, FILE) A program that offers free cab rides home to people in the Washington region who have been drinking too much around certain holidays has been salvaged for Independence Day.

    FIELDS: Good reasons to light a firecracker

    Not so long ago, most Americans regarded the Fourth of July as "Independence Day" and called it that, celebrating liberty and freedom, prizing independence above all. For the graduates of high school and college, their "Independence Day" marks the breaking away from parents, of moving toward responsibility. For many of us, it's a celebration mixed with more than a little concern. Where will this new independence take the young? What kind of adults will they become? Have we "done good" by them?


  • William Barker is a historical interpreter who portrays Thomas Jefferson at Colonial Williamsburg and elsewhere.

    Inside the Beltway

    A busy man this weekend. That would be William Barker, an eloquent actor who portrays Thomas Jefferson at Colonial Williamsburg.


  • Illustration: Injured veteran

    SCHENCK: Helping veterans on the Fourth

    Amid the Fourth of July celebrations, let us not forget the millions of veterans who returned home with serious injuries as a result of their service to protect our nation. Injured veterans face a host of physical, psychological and financial problems that can seriously affect their quality of life if not properly addressed. The tragic reality is that even though the U.S. government has substantially increased the budgets of both the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs and devoted ever-increasing resources to our wounded military, the long-term nature of the challenges facing our wounded veterans necessitates public-private partnerships. We as a nation need to come together to give our wounded the world-class care they deserve and ensure their needs are met.


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Ben Heckman practices his annual Fourth of July reading of the Declaration of Independence from the balcony of his Bexley, Ohio, apartment. "If I can make this more accessible to people, I'll do it every year," he says.

    Reading of declaration revives July Fourth tradition

    The tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence dates to 1776, when it was disseminated around the colonies through public readings in town squares. Some communities have revived it.


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Serve smoked salmon picnic spread on hunks of good bread.

    Salmon, beer sparkle at picnic

    The Fourth of July fireworks provide a bang-up incentive for a picnic for two.


  • Forum: For future generations

    As people across the nation recently celebrated the Fourth of July, extended families crossing several generations gathered together to commemorate the Founding of our country and our great Declaration of Independence. Kids only knee-high know the day as "Independence Day" and showed their support by dressing head to toe in the colors of our flag.


  • Forum: For future generations

    As people across the nation recently celebrated the Fourth of July, extended families crossing several generations gathered together to commemorate the Founding of our country and our great Declaration of Independence. Kids only knee-high know the day as "Independence Day" and showed their support by dressing head to toe in the colors of our flag.


  • 13 injured by fireworks accidents in D.C., Vienna

    Fire investigators yesterday said faulty explosives caused injuries to 13 persons in July Fourth fireworks shows in Vienna and on the Mall.


  • U.S. troops mark Fourth with commitments

    BAGHDAD — Hundreds of U.S. troops marked the Fourth of July by re-enlisting in the military yesterday while others took oaths of American citizenship in ceremonies at the main U.S. headquarters in Iraq.


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