Latest Fourth of July News

Boston Pops July Fourth show returns for 1st time in 3 years

May. 26, 2022 15:45 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, a July Fourth holiday tradition in the city, is returning to its full glory after a three-year coronavirus hiatus, the Boston Symphony Orchestra said Thursday. The show at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade...

Louisiana closer to removing Confederate-themed holidays

May. 24, 2022 14:53 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two Confederate holidays would be erased from Louisiana law under legislation approved 4-2 Tuesday by a state Senate committee. The House-passed bill by Rep. Matthew Willard, a New Orleans Democrat, goes next to the full Senate. Neither...

Bay City's Liberty Bridge not expected to open by July 4

May. 20, 2022 12:19 PM EDT

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan bridge is not expected to open in time for a popular fireworks display due to problems found by crews repairing the span. The Liberty Bridge in Bay City currently is closed to all traffic, WNEM-TV reported Thursday. “Our goal was...

Florida Gov. DeSantis signs $1B tax cut bill

May. 06, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians will save on items ranging from diapers and gasoline to auto racing tickets and energy efficient appliances under a $1 billion tax cut package signed into law by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday. The tax cut includes a one-year sales tax...

Juneteenth bill moves to Lamont after emotional House debate

May. 05, 2022 02:06 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Following an emotional debate over a new state holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States, Connecticut lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday night making it the latest state to officially recognize “Juneteenth” Black legislators...

Airbnb will revive rules aimed at curbing summer parties

May. 04, 2022 12:06 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Airbnb said Wednesday it will impose special restrictions over the Memorial Day and July 4 holidays to prevent parties at rented houses, bringing back measures that the company claims worked last summer. Renters who don't have a “history of positive reviews...

Louisiana House votes to end days honoring Lee, Confederates

May. 02, 2022 19:26 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s House of Representatives voted Monday to officially remove Robert E. Lee Day and Confederate Memorial Day from a list of state holidays. The bill by Rep. Matthew Willard, a New Orleans Democrat, goes next to the state Senate. ...

Chase Elliott wins at Dover to snap 26-race winless streak

May. 02, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Chase Elliott had a front-row seat for the Hendrick Motorsports trophy celebrations and photo shoots and all the kitschy social media posts created as one by one — and as his three teammates won, and won and won again — they all brought home checkered flags. ...

No fireworks for Israel Independence Day over PTSD concerns

May. 02, 2022 04:32 AM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel’s raucous Independence Day celebrations will be a little quieter this year. Although fireworks are typically a mainstay at parties across the country, this year many of the glittering yet noisy displays have been cancelled over concerns by some...

Rainbow Gathering planned in Colorado sparks fire concerns

Apr. 02, 2022 10:14 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes plans to return to Colorado this summer to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The weeks-long confab that draws tens of thousands of hippie campers to public lands announced this week that the national gathering of possibly 30,000 would be returning...