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The Best Independence Day Deals and Sales

Celebrate the Fourth of July by grabbing discounts on clothes, office supplies and electronics. These are the best Independence Day promotions happening this week.

U.S. Stock Markets Closed on Presidents Day

The global economy is a perpetual motion machine, but U.S. stock markets do take breaks: In addition to the weekends, there are nine holidays on which the stock exchange is shuttered. Here's the list for 2013, as well as the surprising history of Presidents Day.

Apocalypse Quiz: Fun Facts from the End of the World

As 2012 and the Mayan calendar wind down to their final days, we offer you a few of our favorite pieces of end-of-the-world trivia. Whether you think the world will with a bang, a whimper, or a horde of zombies, take a peek -- and test your apocalyptic bona fides.

Twentysomethings: It's Time to Declare Financial Independence

As we prepare to celebrate our nation's independence, let's take a moment to think about our individual declarations of financial independence. If you're still ruled by debt, fiscal confusion, and reliance on others, here are a few tips for breaking free.

Tips for Firing Up Your Own Fourth of July Fireworks

If you're considering declaring yourself independent of municipal fireworks displays this weekend and sending up a few red, glaring rockets of your own, question number two on your mind should be "How can I get the most bang for my buck?" We've consulted with the fireworks pros for advice.

The Most Extravagant Fireworks Displays for July 4

Making the rockets red glare and bombs burst in air isn't cheap. Fourth of July celebrations can cost anywhere from $10,000 to several million dollars. Find out where the most awe-inspiring (and most expensive) fireworks displays can be seen.

July Fourth Fireworks Are Another Recession Casualty

Across the U.S., lots of Americans won't see the rockets red glare or the bombs burst in air this year. That's because their towns can no longer afford to celebrate the anniversary of our nation's independence with the typical fireworks display.

The 2000s: Selling the Apocalypse, Now

Even before the decade began, there was a rich market for armageddon. Like the year 999, the end of the 20th century came with a glut of apocalyptic prophesy in America's popular culture.