Florida Beachgoer Hilariously Confronts Two Women Stealing His Stuff

Adam Weinstein · 07/07/14 12:30PM

A Florida man celebrating the Fourth of July with his friends and family on New Smyrna Beach noticed two middle-aged women trying to make off with his tent canopy, beach chairs, boogie boards, and kids' toys. So he confronted them, with a cameraphone, and got an unexpected fireworks show.

How Other Countries Celebrate the Fourth of July

Dayna Evans · 07/04/14 11:30AM

It may come as a surprise, as we pummel hot dogs to the dome on this hallowed day, that other countries also celebrate the Fourth of July—but on different days of the year. Quelle surprise.

Bullet-Time Fireworks are Dramatic and Astounding

Maggie Lange · 07/05/13 12:15PM

Look at this spectacular video of fireworks, sparklers, and contained explosives in all their slow-motion, fiery, explosive glory. Although, I harbor a seasonal pet peeve about setting off fireworks and sparklers during the daytime, this is really fantastic looking.

Hatetriot's Day: July 4th Is America's Crappiest Holiday

Ken Layne · 07/03/13 02:00PM

Independence Day is the worst of America's joyless national celebrations, the day when everyone will predictably act like a buffoon and nobody has the decency to Opt Out. From Park Slope to Silver Lake, from Phoenix to Saint Paul, the whole nation of grudge-laden bores will wrap themselves in the old Red, White and Blue in another futile attempt to out-patriot their enemies.

Watch the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Grand Finale

Matt Cherette · 07/04/11 09:47PM

Tonight, the 35th annual Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display lit up New York City as 40,000 shells were fired off from half a dozen barges in the Hudson River. NBC aired the show live for those not in Manhattan. But because nobody watches NBC, here's video of the grand finale for your visual pleasure.

Some Fireworks Safety Tips for Tonight

Max Read · 07/04/11 03:27PM

Happy Independence Day, America! And what better way to celebrate President Whitmore's famous speech than with fireworks? But please, be safe! We've collected some important fireworks safety tips here. Print out several copies and bring them to your barbecue! It's a great way to make friends.

NYPD Sets Off 5,000 Pounds of Confiscated Fireworks

Max Read · 07/02/11 03:59PM

The America-hating buzzkills at the NYPD confiscated some 5,000 pounds of fireworks this year (everything "from sparklers to professional pyrotechnics"), leaving many New Yorkers without even the chance to injure themselves or set their apartments on fire. But at least the department had the decency to film the destruction, which took place yesterday in the Bronx. Next year, guys, maybe you can spring for HD? [NYT]

The Long, Hard Journey of a Firework

Brian Moylan · 07/01/11 04:51PM

This weekend when you're setting off Roman candles and other such contraptions in the backyard, take a minute to stop and think of what the firework itself goes through on its flight. It soars in the air, explodes, and then crashes to earth. Let's show you!

Man Named Guy Fowlkes Blows Up Florida Fireworks Stand

Seth Abramovitch · 06/22/11 11:32PM

Remember, remember the ... 21st of June? That's the day a 33-year-old fireworks tent employee from Orlando, Fl., went a little bonkers, detonating everything in the tent after an altercation with his pregnant girlfriend. His name is Guy Fowlkes.

Kids Reenact The Most Adorable American Revolution

Gene Delsener · 07/05/10 11:35AM

Happy July Fifth! As you nurse your Independence Day hangover, take a minute to remember whose responsible for this in the first place. Presenting: Kids Reenact The American Revolution!

Happy Fourth of July!

Jeff Neumann · 07/04/10 01:10PM

[U.S. Army Sgt. Richard Hamburg crushes a friend during an Independence Day BBQ sumo wrestling match at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. Image via Getty]

Some Things Must Never Be Grilled

Adrian Chen · 07/03/10 05:10PM

Attention Mark Bittman: Your list of 101 recipes for grilling has been floating around the New York Times's "most e-mailed" list for a while. Many suggestions seem just the ticket for a 4th of July cookout. But some are gross.