Celebrating the 4th of July in the USA!
Fireworks, music, dogs, ribs and suds mark the 242nd anni of Independence for the United States.
The Independence Day holiday brings out crowds from small towns to big cities, also is a time when law enforcement agencies are on the alert for suspicious activity.
“As always, the Department of Homeland Security encourages vigilance by the public to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement,” said a spokeswoman for the agency.
The holiday marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by congressional delegates in Philadelphia on 4 July 1776.
The actual signing of the document, however, did not occur until 2 August 1776 according to the US National Archives.
While the document declared the young nation’s independence from Great Britain, it also advanced the notion that “all men are created equal” and that they have rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
It was hotter than normal in much of the country.
The National Weather Service issued heat advisories for the central plain states eastward to the Mid-Atlantic region, with temperatures expected in the 90’s and the humidity making it feel like 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (40 to 43 degrees Celsius).
New York will put the country’s biggest fireworks display by its sponsor, retailer Macy’s (NYSE:M). More than 3-M spectators and 12-M television viewers are expected to watch the display over the East River as 75,000 shells illuminate the night sky to the music of singer Kelly Clarkson.
In Washington, singer Jimmy Buffett is set to join the National Symphony Orchestra, along with the Temptations, the Beach Boys and Luke Combs, before fireworks light up the National Mall. Bostonians will celebrate with the Boston Pops along the Charles River, joined by singer Rachel Platten.
In Los Angeles, fireworks will highlight 4th of July celebrations at the Hollywood Bowl, accompanied by an orchestra.
In San Francisco, residents watched fireworks on the bay near the Golden Gate Bridge, if famous Fog does not obscure the show.
The 4th of July also marks the approximate halfway point in the Major League Baseball season, with a not-so-reliable popular tradition holding that the teams in 1st place will finish that way.
Happy 4th of July to all of our American readers.