july 4th

How to Put Your Gas Savings into Overdrive

If you're among the 39 million Americans on the road for the Fourth of July weekend, you're burning up hard-earned money with every mile. Pump prices were still averaging a hefty $3.55 a gallon across the nation for regular on July 1, so it's time to fuel up on gas-saving tips.

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.

One-Fourth of Americans Hazy on U.S. Independence

Over a quarter of Americans don't know what country the U.S. declared independence from, according to a new Marist poll. And 40% of 18- to 29-year-olds couldn't produce the correct response. Find out if you know some key details surrounding July 4.

Fireworks Industry Sees More Bang, More Bucks

Between 1998 and 2009 annual fireworks industry revenues more than doubled. Last year's total take was $945 million, up from $940 million in 2008. Even a devastated economy could not slow growth.

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.