Fourth of July
A New Summer Tradition, a Three-Week 'Civic Season,' Asks Americans to Reflect on the Past and Future
Museums are inviting Americans to embrace the national story from its sins to its successes as a stepping stone towards a better future
How Do Native Americans Observe the Fourth of July?
The answer has always been as complicated as America's history
Why Fireworks Scare Some Dogs but Not Others
Canine scientists investigate why loud sounds cause some dogs to lose their cool and offer insight on effective treatment
Seven Inventions for a Safer Fourth of July
From fireworks shields to seat belts, these inventions throughout history have made summer fun less risky
The 1900s Movement to Make the Fourth of July Boring (but Safe)
One activist thought celebrating the founding of the nation would be better spent as a "a quiet day under the trees"
What Did the Founding Fathers Eat and Drink as They Started a Revolution?
They may not have been hosting a cookout, but they did know how to imbibe and celebrate
1968: The Year That Shattered America
How the Fourth of July Was Celebrated (and Protested) in 1968
Headlines from <em>The New York Times</em> reveal how the nation and the world commemorated Independence Day in what had already been a tumultuous year
For His Patriotic Birthday, Five Facts About Calvin Coolidge
On Coolidge’s would-be 146th birthday, celebrate with some little-known facts about our 30th President
Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Blue
The laws of nature constrict living light to a few hues, which also happen to be quite patriotic
What Did Independence Day Mean to Southerners About to Secede?
As secession loomed, the Fourth of July took on new significance
The Secretary of the Interior Once Banned Rock Bands From the National Mall
James Watt, who was outed from office in the early 1980s, said the only songs he knew were 'The Star Spangled Banner' and 'Amazing Grace'
The Rules About How to Address the U.S. Flag Came About Because No One Wanted to Look Like a Nazi
During the National Anthem, Americans are asked to put their right hands over their hearts. But why?
It's Official: We Are Now in Orbit Around Jupiter
After a nerve-wracking entry, NASA spacecraft Juno successfully entered the gas giant's orbit
Four Explosive Advancements for Future Fireworks
From color to sound, the next-gen fireworks are sure to wow
Where’s the Debate on Francis Scott Key’s Slave-Holding Legacy?
During his lifetime, abolitionists ridiculed Key’s words, sneering that America was more like the “Land of the Free and Home of the Oppressed”
The Origin of the Coney Island Hot Dog Is a Uniquely American Story
They also have very little to do with the New York City amusement park
How a Hot Dog Eating Contest Became One of the Fourth of July's Greatest Traditions
Why the American dream is shaped like a hot dog
For Veterans' Sake, Make A Little Less Noise With Your 4th of July Fireworks
Fireworks can trigger PTSD in some veterans, and one organization is trying to raise awareness
14 Fun Facts About Fireworks
Number three: Fireworks are just chemical reactions