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.

Independence Day

Ross Scarano · 07/04/14 08:00AM

After nearly a year spent inside, Bryan Lindsay has now come home, back to his mother's place in Delmont, Pa. It's the house he grew up in. As of today—Independence Day—Bryan has been free from incarceration for just shy of two weeks. He's still attending group counseling on a regular basis, but he's no longer in the halfway house that comes after prison and mandated rehab. The only obstacle in the way of his freedom is himself now.

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.

Obama Uncoils the World's Longest Hot Dog, Romney Eats an Entire Flag: Goofus and Gallant Do 'America'

Mobutu Sese Seko · 07/04/12 10:35AM

Independence Day is upon us, which means it's time to watch politicians stumble through the USA PHOTO OP. Mitt Romney will sing unknown verses of "America the Beautiful" with an Ashcroftian solemnity, while Barack Obama—as befits the office—will force two turkeys to have sex so they can sire the ceremonial turkey he will pardon on Thanksgiving. Unless that turkey is Alaskan, in which case it will be shredded for Patriotacos.

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 Holiday Weekend Is Upon Us

Gabriel Snyder · 07/02/09 04:30PM

Because it's our patriotic duty, we won't be publishing on Saturday. However, Foster will be around tomorrow and Sunday. Also, we're making some changes to comments next week: stars are about to become much more powerful, rare. More on Monday.

The Day I Met Ryan Adams and Didn't Blog About It

Sheila · 07/03/08 12:04PM

Last Sunday, while walking down St. Mark's towards the Holiday Lounge (their awesome old bartender clearly hates all customers and sort of flings your drink from five feet away), I saw this website's favorite scruffy musician/experimental blogger, Ryan Adams-who we've been teasing ever since he sent us a poem intended for his ex-girlfriend Jessica Joffe. So I said hello! We went to have tea and proceeded to talk about heartbreak and believing in love, because, seriously.