What are your plans for the Fourth? A barbecue with family and friends? A hike? A movie? A parade? Fireworks? Here’s what Americans are up on Independence Day this year:
The United States of America is celebrating its 246th birthday on the Fourth of July this year. The USA became a nation when the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Although celebrations were subdued last year due to the covid-19 pandemic, more people can gather together this year.
Justin Schorr, a firefighter with decades of experience, advises parents to skip fireworks this year and every year. About 10,000 people annually go to an emergency room for fireworks-related injuries and burns, and about a dozen people die using them, according the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
It’s a nice day here in the Seattle area, so that’s good for people having picnics or barbecues on Father’s Day. If you’re having lunch or dinner out, I hope you find a restaurant that works well for you as the pandemic continues to wind down. What did you get your dad for a Father’s Day present?
President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on Thursday. It establishes a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth, a combination of June and nineteen, is already a holiday in seven states.
Although Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1914, Father’s Day didn’t become an official holiday until 1966. The idea for Father's Day is attributed to Sonora Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, who was raised by her father after her mother's death during childbirth.
Americans are more active this Memorial Day, the day when those who have lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military are remembered. Last year, most gatherings were canceled due to the pandemic. This year, some events are allowing members of the public to attend in person.
It’s the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer. Here are tips from consumer organizations and government agencies to help you have a safe Memorial Day and safe activities all summer long as you enjoy great weather and being outdoors.
Memorial Day honors Americans who have died in service to their country. Ceremonies are held, and people visit cemeteries and decorate graves with flowers. Memorial Day also is seen as the beginning summer, and barbecues abound. Also, some people shop at Memorial Day sales for bargains.
Looking for a Memorial Day bargain? Start looking now. The sales start well before the last Monday of May, which is May 31 this year. Last year, shopping was scaled back due to the pandemic. This year, check with local stores if you’re planning to shop in person.