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UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 8:20 p.m.

On July 4, Americans celebrate their union, rue divisions

With backyard barbecues and fireworks thundering across night skies, Americans are celebrating Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that express pride in their country’s 242nd birthday.


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 2:05 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: On this July 4, let’s remember that civility isn’t always the right path

Two hundred and forty-two years ago, the men who founded the country did something supremely uncivil. It was insurrectionary. It was impolite. It was revolutionary.


Behind the sparks: How Spokane gets its Fourth of July fireworks

For spectators at this year’s July Fourth fireworks show at Riverfront Park, little more is required than to just show up. But for Dale Cyr


Last year 262 Washingtonians were injured by fireworks

Every Fourth of July, firefighters around the country remind Americans not to injure or kill themselves by patriotically blowing things up. Last year, about 262 Washingtonians did not heed the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 7:49 a.m.

Warm, mild weather expected for the rest of the week, early July

Spokane residents can expect mild weather, with the possibility of some showers the rest of the week and moving into next month.


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.


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.


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 …


The 7: Your guide to watching fireworks Tuesday night - in Spokane and beyond.

Fireworks are the main attraction on the Fourth of July. But with construction, both in Riverfront Park and on streets nearby, you may be looking for a new spot to …


Riverfront Park’s pie-eating contest won in just over 4 minutes

Chad Dalton’s key to winning Riverfront Park’s July 4 pie eating contest was picturing the berry pie as a beverage. “You just stick your face in and do it,” said …


Spin Control: Annual Independence Day quiz tests trivial knowledge of important holiday

Try your hand at Spin Control’s annual Independence Day Trivia Quiz, or test your friends’ and family’s knowledge of July 4 facts.


Spirited CdA band hard to match

Who says that marching bands and stodgy uniforms go together? For 32 years, the Perfection-Nots have entertained crowds at Coeur d’Alene’s Fourth of July parade with rousing patriotic songs and …


July Fourth’s a fright for pets

The Fourth of July is traditionally one of the most difficult days of the year for animal control in the Inland Northwest, as fireworks scare pets from their homes and …


Have a legal Fourth

Fireworks, illegal in most of Spokane County, are legal in a few municipal areas, on reservations and in Idaho. This informational graphic examines the history and legality of the July …


Independence Day holiday will affect services

Government offices and other services will be affected Friday and Saturday by the Independence Day holiday:


A perfect July Fourth dessert

Fresh or frozen blueberries work equally well in these simple and delicious dessert bars. Once cooled, they transport well and don’t need refrigeration, making them a perfect choice for a …