A century ago, the Fourth of July was a chance to meld old and new traditions

Members of the Greek contingent in the Fourth of July Parade of 1915. (Photo: Digital Commonwealth) In the early 20th century, the Fourth of July offered concerts, lectures, parades and sporting events to residents of Cambridge and many cities around the country. Whether celebrating in their own neighborhoods with luncheons hosted by local civic or … Read more

Thousands more flights canceled or delayed

Flight cancellations and delays continued across the nation on Sunday during an already chaotic July Fourth weekend for travelers. At least 267 flights into, out of or within the US had been canceled as of 3:16 pm EST, and nearly 2,300 were delayed, air travel tracking site FlightAware.com reported. The bulk of the cancellations and … Read more

Have a good time, but be careful this Independence Day weekend | Family

Happy Independence Day weekend. As I’ve written before, the Fourth of July has long been a favored holiday for my family and it brings back many fond memories. Father’s Day has barely passed, but since Dad passed away in 2013 the Independence Day holiday has seemed a more apt time to celebrate his memory. It … Read more

Fourth of July Traditions: Baseball, Hot Dogs and Apple Pie- Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, Cardinals in Philly, Apple pie recipe

The Fourth of July holiday, which really stretches out over a two week period–the week before and the week after– is all about tradition. Many families in St. Louis will be barbecuing pork steaks, many will watch the Cardinals game, the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest (info below) and of course there will be … Read more

Keeping Pets Safe on the Fourth of July

Many people love to celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, pool parties, and barbecues. What they may not realize is that these Independence Day traditions can cause stress and anxiety for their animals, which might lead to escape attempts and lost pets. Fireworks, in particular, are a common cause of stress for animals on … Read more