Stories tagged: fourth of july
Sun., July 9, 2017
Gary Crooks: Fake news, real news and political bubbles
The mainstream media is a fair target for criticism, but you have to ask yourself this when you dismiss it as a legitimate source of information: Compared to what?
Sat., July 8, 2017
Sue Lani Madsen: Neighbors silver lining in goat roundup
Camping on Independence Day weekend can mean enduring a thoughtless stranger’s ill-timed fireworks.
UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017, 2:14 p.m.
Gary Crooks: (full speech) Fake news, real news and political bubbles
The mainstream media
Thu., July 6, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: City celebrates Belgium’s war effort
The Royal Belgian Commission – or, “These Brave Men From the Little Land of Heroes” – was scheduled to arrive in Spokane for a visit. Spokane was doing its utmost …
UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 10:02 p.m.
A boisterous Fourth sends pets scrambling
This year’s Fourth of July in the Inland Northwest appeared to be quiet, and not particularly dangerous or smoke-and-fire-filled, though it did feature its fair share of spooked dogs and …
UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Riverfront Park construction crowds fireworks festivities
Many Spokane residents weren’t deterred by Riverfront Park construction and came downtown to watch the annual fireworks display.
UPDATED: Tue., July 4, 2017, 9:09 p.m.
Neighborhood spirit abounds at annual Fourth of July parade on Spokane’s South Hill
A spunky parade that starts at 10 a.m. every July Fourth at Wall and Lincoln streets on Spokane’s South Hill is small enough to take timeouts for lemonade.
Tue., July 4, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
U.S. marks Independence Day with pomp, dazzle, hot dog contest
Americans are celebrating their country’s 241st birthday with big-time fireworks, small-town parades and the quirky spectacle of competitive hot dog eating.
Tue., July 4, 2017, 7:52 a.m.
Jefferson’s last public letter reminds us what Independence Day is all about
As the nation’s 50th Fourth of July approached in 1826, Thomas Jefferson was at one of the lowest points of his life.
Tue., July 4, 2017, 5 a.m.
Spokane Fourth of July celebrations started with humble gathering in 1874
Spokane’s Fourth of July celebrations since 1874 have featured music, cannons, marijuana and more.
Mon., July 3, 2017, 11:58 p.m.
U.S. to mark Independence Day with pomp, dazzle, hot dog contest
Americans are celebrating their country’s birthday Tuesday with big-time fireworks, small-town parades and the quirky spectacle of competitive hot dog eating, marking a day of shared traditions in a nation …
Mon., July 3, 2017, 9:48 p.m.
Chomping champs face off at July 4 hot dog eating contest
Record-setting eaters are gearing up to gobble at the renowned Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest in New York. Nine-time champion and record-holder Joey “Jaws” Chestnut downed 70 …
UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 10:55 p.m.
This Fourth of July, UW study reminds us fireworks are dangerous ‘explosives’
On the Fourth of July teenagers are most likely to be injured launching homemade fireworks, adults by shell-and-mortar explosives and children by errant rockets.
Sat., July 1, 2017, 1:46 p.m.
As July Fourth approaches, Americans debate democracy’s fate
Americans have disagreed about government and civic life since the country’s founding, about who should vote, who should run for office and the risks of political factions. But as the …
UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
Annual reminder: Fireworks are illegal almost everywhere in Spokane County
Spokane fire crews will patrol the city this weekend through Independence Day, potentially issuing $536 fines to those caught shooting off illegal fireworks.
UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 11:27 p.m.
Idaho AG’s analysis undercuts legal argument for aerial fireworks ‘affidavit’ scheme
A new Idaho Attorney General’s opinion undercuts a legal argument that a couple of southwestern Idaho businesses have been using for years to justify selling illegal aerial fireworks to customers …
UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 9:56 a.m.
Auto club predicts record travel over July 4th weekend
Auto club AAA said Thursday that it expects 44.2 million people will travel at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) from home, a 2.9 percent increase over last year’s record for …
Tue., July 5, 2016, 7 p.m.
SCRAPS officers busy in early July wrangling pets scared by fireworks
The first days of July are one of the busiest times of year for the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service, largely due to pets being frightened out of their …
Mon., July 4, 2016, 12:17 p.m.
Obama: Freedom doesn’t just happen, must be defended daily
The White House says it’s canceling its annual Fourth of July picnic and fireworks watch because of rainy weather soaking the nation’s capital.
Fri., July 1, 2016, 1:28 p.m.
Coeur d’Alene creates traffic plan for July 4 fireworks show
A downtown traffic plan will be in effect in Coeur d’Alene as thousands of people leave town after the Fourth of July fireworks show.
Thu., June 30, 2016, noon
Have a blast on the Fourth
The Fourth of July falls on a Monday this year, which means a lot of us get to indulge in a three-day weekend. If you’re looking to get out of …
Mon., June 27, 2016, 9:30 p.m.
Spokane fireworks ban scofflaws risk $1,000 ticket
As people start planning to celebrate the Fouth of July, the Spokane Fire Department is reminding people that fireworks are illegal in the city of Spokane and most of the …
Mon., June 27, 2016, 5:47 p.m.
Fourth of July travel will break records, AAA predicts
Going out of town this Fourth of July weekend? Be prepared for a record-breaking amount of company.
Sun., July 5, 2015
What does freedom mean to you?
People with a wide variety of beliefs and backgrounds came together in Riverfront Park on Saturday to celebrate the Fourth of July. As they sat in the shade with their …
Thu., July 10, 2014
Entertainment Fireworks manager has blast lighting up skies
Last week was the busiest of the year for Rich Vaughan. He’s the eastern regional manager of Entertainment Fireworks, Inc., the company that created the Fourth of July shows for …
Sun., July 6, 2014
Robert J. Samuelson: U.S. political system a work in progress
WASHINGTON – I am reading historian Gordon Wood’s splendid “Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815.” It is an ideal companion for this July Fourth weekend because …
Sat., July 5, 2014
Four generations gather to raise flags to honor WWII vet
For 95-year-old Jerry Weed, the flag of the 82nd Airborne Division was right where it belonged on the Fourth of July – overlooking his son’s neighborhood, waving along with the …
Fri., July 4, 2014
Quiz will help you brush up on your U.S. patriotism
So, you think you’re a good patriot. The flag pin on your lapel says “Made in America.” You sing “The Star Spangled Banner” before baseball games without looking at the …
Fri., July 4, 2014
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago Drenching rain put a damper on the Fourth of July celebrations. Even the big fireworks display at Natatorium Park was canceled.
Thu., July 3, 2014
Liberty Lake to host July Fourth events
It would be difficult to find a place more appropriate to celebrate our nation’s independence than a lake named Liberty. The Friends of Pavillion Park in Liberty Lake will present …