Latest Fourth of July News

Essence Fest is back in New Orleans after two-year hiatus

Jun. 29, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Black culture, in all its glory, will be on display over the 4th of July holiday weekend in New Orleans as thousands converge on the city for the in-person return of the Essence Festival of Culture. The multiday event begins with a Thursday performance by...

Some cities nix July 4 fireworks for shortages, fire dangers

Jun. 27, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The skies over a scattering of Western U.S. cities will stay dark for the third consecutive Fourth of July as some major fireworks displays are canceled again this year — some over wildfire concerns amid dry weather and others because of enduring pandemic-related staffing and...

Asian chili-garlic sauce punches up pork burgers for July 4

Jun. 27, 2022 08:23 AM EDT

For this year’s Fourth of July cookout, update long-held traditions with globally inspired flavors — starting with the burger. This recipe from our book “COOKish,” which limits recipes to just six ingredients without sacrificing flavor, is loosely based on a Filipino...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jun. 23, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

The Post and Courier. June 22, 2022. Editorial: SC Supreme Court crackdown on problem judges should prompt Senate reforms The S.C. Supreme Court is on a roll, and we hope people are paying attention. We’re not referring to the court’s decision to...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Jun. 23, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

Frankort State Journal. June 21, 2022. Editorial: County, state need to recognize Juneteenth as paid holiday President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday last year and the Frankfort City Commission followed suit, voting unanimously last June to make the...

Chaka Khan, Ukraine tribute highlight Boston Pops show

Jun. 22, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the July Fourth holiday this year will feature guest artist and 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan as well as a performance of the Ukrainian national anthem, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday. The show at the...

Biden, Chevron chief trade sharp words over gas prices

Jun. 21, 2022 17:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a pointed back and forth, the head of Chevron complained Tuesday that President Joe Biden has vilified energy firms at a time when gasoline prices are at near record levels and the president responded that the oil company CEO was being “mildly sensitive.” ...

Supply chain issues, rising prices affecting fireworks

Jun. 21, 2022 10:26 AM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Supply chain issues and climbing prices are affecting the availability of fireworks as the Fourth of July holiday approaches. Patrick Spielbauer is the president of Spielbauer Fireworks, a third-generation fireworks company in Green Bay. ...

Flight cancellations create a bad travel day across the US

Jun. 16, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

Airlines canceled more than 1,500 flights in the U.S. on Thursday, one of the worst days yet for travel as the peak summer vacation season heats up. At LaGuardia Airport in New York, more than one-third of all flights were scrubbed, and more than one-fourth of flights were dropped at...

Despite push, states slow to make Juneteenth a paid holiday

Jun. 15, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Recognition of Juneteenth, the effective end of slavery in the U.S., gained traction after the police killing of George Floyd in 2020. But after an initial burst of action, the movement to have it recognized as an official holiday in the states has largely stalled. ...