Fourth of July

8:03am

Thu July 4, 2013
Around the Nation

Stars, Spangles And Lots Of Security At Boston's July 4 Events

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 11:43 am

Mary Ann Rollings (from left), Gloria Kelley and Linda Lee Stacy were bursting in red, white and blue as they turned out to hear their beloved Boston Pops.
Courtesy of Sammy Stalcup

The Fourth of July show will go on as usual tonight in Boston. For the 40th year in a row, the Boston Pops will perform along the banks of the Charles River as fireworks burst overhead.

But the scene and the mood will be different, with heavy security measures in the wake of the recent Boston Marathon bombings. It's in the back of many people's minds that the July 4 celebration was apparently the original target until, police say, the bombers decided to attack the race instead.

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7:36am

Thu July 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Here She Is: Statue Of Liberty Reopens On Independence Day

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 8:37 am

She's open for visitors again.
Reena Rose Sibayan The Jersey Journal/Landov

It's an even more notable July 4th this year on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, where the Statue of Liberty is open for the first time since Superstorm Sandy pummeled the Mid-Atlantic region last fall.

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3:03am

Thu July 4, 2013
Around the Nation

The Declaration: What Does Independence Mean To You?

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 7:48 am

Kara, Michael, Mikaila and Cameron Milton of Greensboro, N.C., pose for a portrait near the Lincoln Memorial on June 21, after reading the Declaration of Independence for Morning Edition.
Erica Yoon NPR

We often celebrate Independence Day with backyard barbecues and fireworks, forgetting the document that started this whole country: the Declaration of Independence.

For the past 20 years Morning Edition has asked NPR hosts and reporters to read the document on the Fourth, as a reminder of our country's history. This year, we decided to ask visitors at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to give it a try.

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1:09am

Thu July 4, 2013
Author Interviews

For 'Star-Spangled Banner,' A Long Road From Song To Anthem

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 7:48 am

American lawyer Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry from a boat about 8 miles away.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

All over the country on Thursday, fireworks will light up the sky. In many places, those fireworks will come with a patriotic soundtrack — one that wouldn't be complete without "The Star-Spangled Banner." The song officially became America's national anthem in 1931, but it's been around since the early 19th century.

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9:09am

Wed July 4, 2012

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