July 4th LIVE: Millions of Americans search for firework shows, parades, & BBQs near for Independence Day celebration

July 4th LIVE: Millions of Americans search for firework shows, parades, & BBQs near for Independence Day celebration

July 5, 2021

MILLIONS of Americans are celebrating the Fourth of July today as firework displays, parades, and BBQs across the country take place.

Joe Biden will hold his first major engagement since becoming the President in January welcoming 1,000 guests to the White House.

He and the First Lady will be hosting military families and essential workers as a tribute to their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Washington DC will also be celebrating with a parade along the National Mall, while Macy's will have its annual fireworks display in New York – just two of the many events held to celebrate July 4th.

Follow for all the latest news, pictures, and updates below…

  • Danielle Cinone

    BETHENNY FRANKEL CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY IN A POOL

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    BARACK OBAMA CELEBRATES JULY 4TH AND HIS DAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY

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    WATCH: JOEY CHESTNUT'S ENTRANCE

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    JOEY CHESTNUT SETS A WORLD RECORD

    Joey Chestnut wins Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, in Brooklyn.

    He ate 76 hotdogs in 10 minutes, marking his 14th victory.

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  • Danielle Cinone

    A SHOCKING MOMENT

    A huge pile of 4th of July fireworks malfunctioned in Ocean City, Maryland, and the frightening incident was caught on camera.

    The dramatic explosions sent beachgoers running for cover on the beach near Dorchester Street.

    Onlookers told ABC that there was a series of blasts from a firework truck parked on the beach.

    Beachgoers captured footage showing columns of billowing smoke up from the area where the fireworks were being held.

  • Danielle Cinone

    BIDEN SAYS 'AMERICA IS BACK'

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    FIREWORKS PLANNED FOR JULY 4

    Two of the biggest pyrotechnic shows in the country will blast off over the National Mall in Washington.

    They’ll also be seen over a mile stretch of New York City’s East River, separating Manhattan from the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn.

    Some classic July Fourth events such as Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn’s Coney Island remain scaled back.

    This is to allow for social distancing in recognition of the continued threat of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 600,000 Americans.

    The more aggressive Delta variant from India has raised alarms about the potential for another surge among the unvaccinated.

  • Danielle Cinone

    US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN'S GOOD WISHES

    US President Joe Biden tweeted a message to fellow Americans marking July 4.

    He said: "America has a lot to celebrate today."

  • Danielle Cinone

    ENJOY PATRIOTISM – BUT SECURITY WARNINGS IN FORCE

    This holiday is a time for Americans to show their patriotism.

    It also allows them to celebrate a fresh sense of freedom in a personal sense by mingling with friends once again and enjoying summer’s simple pleasures.

    But this year’s July Fourth is not entirely carefree.

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned state and local police last week of a heightened threat of violence by domestic extremist groups amid relaxed Covid-19 restrictions.

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHAT IS JULY 4TH?

    Today, July 4, is a federal holiday known as Independence Day which celebrates the USA announcing its separation from Great Britain.

    A Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress, a political separation of the 13 North American colonies from Great Britain, was announced on July 4, 1776.

    This was a letter sent to King George III formally explaining why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from the British Empire.

    It was intended to justify a revolt against the British with a list of charges against King George III.

    The main issues were taxation and a lack of control over their affairs, and this declaration marked the beginning of a war for independence against the British which ended in 1783.

  • Danielle Cinone

    KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE!

    PAWS Wakefield is urging Americans to remember their pets during huge July 4 celebrations.

    It’s tweeted: “Happy 4th of July!

    “Help keep your pets safe when you celebrate by checking out these tips.”

    They include keeping curious pets away from fireworks, sparklers and glow sticks.

  • Danielle Cinone

    PYROTECHNICIANS READY WITH IMPRESSIVE FIREWORKS DISPLAYS

    On New York’s East River, 50 pyrotechnicians have spent days loading more than 65,000 shells on five barges.

    The display is presented by Macy’s department store.

    Last year, only a “scant few” carried out their fireworks shows, said Julie Heckman, executive director of the American Pyrotechnics Association.

    “Approximately 70 percent are scheduled to return, and many will be bigger and better than pre-pandemic levels,” Heckman said.

  • Danielle Cinone

    JULY 4 2021 – BETTER THAN COVID-HIT 2020

    This Independence Day, many Americans are celebrating much more than the 13 colonies’ split from Great Britain.

    It also marks something of a return to normal after the pandemic forced most plans to be canceled or minimized, a year ago.

    While the pandemic is not over, the US is in a better spot to celebrate compared to last July 4, now that more than half the country’s adult population is fully vaccinated against the virus.

    This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Sunday, so it’s also being observed by the federal government and some businesses on Monday, July 5.

  • Debbie White

    BIDEN TO HOST 1,000 VISITORS AT WHITE HOUSE FOR BURGERS AND FIREWORKS

    Joe Biden's White House is serving up burgers and nostalgia for July Fourth.

    The U.S. President will mark the nation's 245th birthday on Sunday with a traditional celebration looking forward to a rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.

    After a holiday spent buying cherry pies in Michigan before spending a quiet night at his family home in Delaware, Biden is returning to the White House to host around 1,000 people for burgers and fireworks.

  • Debbie White

    HOTDOGS, MARCHING BANDS AND FIREWORKS

    After year of Covid pandemic cancellations, Americans are celebrating July 4 with a bang.

    Americans are marking their nation's 245th birthday on Sunday with fireworks, hotdogs and marching bands after the pandemic forced the cancellation of nearly all celebrations last year.

    As always, fireworks displays are the highlight of the July Fourth holiday.

    Two of the biggest pyrotechnic shows in the country will blast off over the National Mall in Washington, and over a mile stretch of New York City's East River, separating Manhattan from the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn.

  • Danielle Cinone

    ‘THIS FOURTH OF JULY, AMERICA IS BACK!’ – JOE BIDEN

    President Joe Biden has heralded a dramatic change in America, more than 12 months after the Covid pandemic ripped through the US.

    He tweeted: “This Fourth of July, America is back.

    “We’re headed into a summer of joy – of freedom – thanks to the millions of Americans who stepped up to get vaccinated.

    “To the frontline and essential workers who have made this day possible: thank you.”

  • Debbie White

    LIGHT SHOW – WHERE TO SEE JULY 4 FIREWORKS IN HOUSTON, TEXAS

    The Freedom Over Texas event will feature live country music, followed by an impressive show of dazzling fireworks lighting up the sky at Eleanor Tinsley Park.

    The show will incorporate patriotic favorites with modern rock 'n' roll for an explosive and spirited celebration.

    The fireworks show is set off from Buffalo Bayou in the park, just west of Sabine Bridge and the downtown area.

  • Debbie White

    LIGHT SHOW – WHERE TO SEE JULY 4 FIREWORKS IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA

    There may be no better place in the South to catch this year’s fireworks than Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park.

    The Fourth of July celebration features live entertainment, followed by an impressive display of fireworks.

    Doors open at 6pm.

  • Debbie White

    FIVE REASONS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR AMERICA ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

    Jason Chaffetz has shared his opinion via Fox News on why Americans should be delighted about celebrating Independence Day in 2021:

    • American ingenuity – "The top of the list must be the American innovation that brought us a Covid vaccine in record time. Operation Warp Speed demonstrated what happens when government empowers the private sector, minimizes bureaucratic hurdles, and plays a supporting role in the development of critical technologies".
    • Selfless approach – "I continue to be grateful for the men and women who put their lives on the line day in and day out to keep America safe. Our troops, our law enforcement, and our first responders are among the best in the world."
    • Freedom of Speech – "It's easy to take our civil rights and liberties for granted."
    • Generosity – "America is the most generous nation on the planet according to data from the World Giving Index."
    • Spirit of the American people – "We live in a great nation. In our times of strife and desperation, remember the American spirit cannot be broken. We still have so much to fight for."

    'THIS FOURTH OF JULY, AMERICA IS BACK!' – JOE BIDEN

    President Joe Biden has heralded a dramatic change in America, more than 12 months after the Covid pandemic ripped through the US.

    He tweeted: "This Fourth of July, America is back.

    "We’re headed into a summer of joy – of freedom – thanks to the millions of Americans who stepped up to get vaccinated.

    "To the frontline and essential workers who have made this day possible: thank you."

    MACY'S MASSIVE FOURTH OF JULY SALE

    Macy's massive Fourth of July sale includes monster discounts on furniture, clothing, jewelry, handbags and kitchen items.

    Shoppers can even get an additional 10, 15 or 20 percent off select items with the coupon code FOURTH, valid through Monday, July 5.

    The Avondale media TV stand is down from $1,099 to just $589, with the 46 percent discount going on now.

    • Debbie White

      JULY 4 SALES IN WAYFAIR

      Save up to 65 per cent off furniture during Wayfair's Fourth of July clearance Monday, July 5.

      Wayfair is selling a Zipcode Designs wide barrel chair for $189, which is down over $100 from its previous price $299 price tag.

      The item is available in a multitude of colors, including a vibrant Chantel Rose and Spa Green.

      Wayfair is also offering the All Modern Jase 8 velvet sofa, which drops by 42 percent from $1,599 to $919.99.

    • Debbie White

      2.6MILLION FLORIDIANS HIT ROADS FOR JULY 4 DESPITE HURRICAN ELSA

      Parts of the Florida Keys are currently under a tropical storm watch, with forecasters expecting rain, storm surges, and strong winds from Elsa to affect the area and the Florida peninsula early this week.

      Meanwhile, the state expects to have 2.6million drivers on the roads during the July 4 holiday weekend, according to the AAA auto club.

      "It isn't unreasonable for South Floridians to be ready for the potential of a Category 1 hurricane knocking on our door early next week," said Robert Garcia, a meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center.

      "It is something that can't be ruled out, and folks should be aware that's something we may have to prepare for here during the holiday weekend," he added.

    • Debbie White

      SAVE BIG – WHERE TO GO FOR BIG JULY 4 SALES

      The Fourth of July weekend continues, which means backyard barbecues, camping, fireworks, and parades.

      However, aside from cookouts, lots of Fourth of July sales and deals will be splattered across storefronts.

      Retailers such as Wayfair, Home Depot, Kohl's, Macy's, Lowe's, Walmart, and Mattress Firm are offering amazing deals for the holiday.

      For example, through to July 10, you can save up to 58 per cent off laptops, tower PCs, gaming monitors, and much more at HP.

    • Debbie White

      THE SHINING'S CREEPY JULY 4 BALL 1921 PHOTO TURNS 100

      The 100th anniversary of The Shining's haunted ball photo has not been lost on Twitter on July 4, 2021, reports Fox News.

      The broadcaster adds: "The unsettling 'Overlook Hotel July 4th Ball 1921' photo shown at the end of 1980's The Shining implies that recovering alcoholic and recently hired hotel caretaker Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) has actually 'always been' working at the resort.

      "A closer inspection of the photo reveals a tuxedo-clad Jack spookily smiling and waving to the camera in the forefront of the photo.

      "This likely proves the movie’s foreshadowing that he and all of the other people who died at the hotel over the years have 'always been' there and will always remain there."

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