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Capital-Gazette employees to march in July 4th parade

Staff from the Maryland newspaper where five employees were shot to death plan to walk in the Fourth of July parade in Annapolis.


July Fourth brings some of the year’s worst air pollution, thanks to fireworks

Americans’ fervor for Fourth of July fireworks has some unfortunate side effects.


‘All indulged’: Puget Sound’s wildest Fourth of July party was its first one — in 1841

The first Fourth of July celebrated in the Puget Sound region? It happened 177 years ago near what is now Joint Base Lewis-McChord and included some of the same festivities …


Spokane Fire Department gives reminder that fireworks are illegal in most of Spokane County

Fireworks are illegal to sell and use in most of Spokane County, and law enforcement asks that violations of the ban be reported to Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.


Have a blast: Options abound for checking out fireworks displays on July 4

Fireworks are a must on the Fourth of July. Whether you are looking to enjoy live music, a cold beer with friends or a more quiet evening of celebration, there …


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?


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


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.


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.


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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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.


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.


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …