Fourth of July

5:52am

Fri July 4, 2014
History

Reading The Declaration Of Independence: A Tradition Continues

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 10:27 am

Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, is shown placing the document before John Hancock, president of the Congress, in this painting by John Trumbull.
Architect of the Capitol

It was 238 years ago today that church bells rang out over Philadelphia, as the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. That revolutionary document not only formalized the American colonies' united front in the Revolutionary War, it articulated the ideals of human equality and self-determination that still serve as the guiding principles of American government.

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5:30am

Fri July 4, 2014
Weather Nerding

July Outlook Wet For Colorado, But It's Not Because Of El Niño

The July precipitation outlook shows a chance for greater than average rainfall across Colorado and much of the Rocky Mountains
National Weather Service

Coloradans may be thankful they don't live in hurricane country, as our Independence Day forecast looks mostly sunny.

That dry weather may not last, however. According to projections from the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center, July – typically the start of monsoon season – is likely to be wetter than average. It's also supposed to be slightly cooler than normal. Five of Denver's warmest July's have occurred in the past decade, with the warmest ever July taking place in 2012.

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7:54am

Fri July 5, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: California Fireworks Mishap Injures Dozens

At least 28 people were injured Thursday in Simi Valley, Calif., when many of the fireworks at a July 4th celebration ignited too close to the ground. People there caught the accident and posted videos.
YouTube.com

There were some terrifying moments Thursday night at the July 4th fireworks celebration in Simi Valley, Calif.

As videos from the scene show, something went wrong and a large number of the explosives detonated much too close to the ground. One such video is posted here.

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10:29am

Thu July 4, 2013
Politics

Colorado Hemp Flag Flying High Over U.S. Capitol

File photo: The dome at the Capitol of the United States, Washington D.C.
Angela N. Flickr - Creative Commons

10:17am

Thu July 4, 2013
The Salt

Fizz And Fireworks: Make A Patriotic Homemade Soda For The Fourth

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 10:38 am

Audie Cornish for NPR

If you haven't heard the buzz — or maybe it's the fizz — handmade sodas have been experiencing a full-on revival over the past few years. Whether they're mixed at home with a Soda Stream-like device or made at an old-fashioned soda fountain, the rise of homemade sodas has been driven by a general shift toward less-processed foods.

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