Fourth of July

A crowd watches an illuminated bandshell decorated with red and blue stars while confetti falls in the air.

It’s ironic that we play the ‘1812 Overture’ at Fourth of July celebrations

The “1812 Overture” isn’t even about America’s War of 1812. So how did music celebrating Russia’s pushback against a foreign power become associated with America’s Fourth of July?

Studio 360’s Redesign Challenge: the Fourth of July

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The Apples in stereo’s “Beauty of America”

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A New National Anthem

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Candidates for citizenship in the United States

The US has come a long way since its first, highly restrictive naturalization law

Fourth of July fireworks over San Diego, 2014

Why did we start using fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July?


It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without fireworks, But how and when did this firework frenzy for the 4th get launched?