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6 Strange and Wonderful Fourth of July Celebrations From All Over

Thursday is Independence Day, and cities and towns all across America will be celebrating in style—but not always in conventional fashion. Heck, not always in America either.

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Summer Cookouts Are A Bargain

The typical summer picnic, including hot dogs, cheeseburgers and other fare cost an average of $57.20 for 10 people. That's $5.72 per person. That's a better deal than a fast food combo.

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Is July 2 Really Our Independence Day?

It was on July 2, 1776, that the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia voted to approve a resolution for independence from Britain.

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Officials Warn Fourth Of July Holiday Could Be Unusually Dangerous For Driving

A lot of motorists are expected to take to the road this holiday weekend, and law enforcement officials have some advise for drivers. Take extra safety precautions.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up patrols Beginning Thursday, and through the holiday weekend

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Where To Go For Fourth Of July Fireworks

Some Fourth of July fireworks advice...Let the professionals do it.

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July 4th Spending is Higher in the Northeast

Whatever your plans for the 4th of July, travel and fireworks are part of many celebrations, including here in Acadiana and across the Gulf Coast. According to an annual survey by Visa, Fourth of July spending will be up 58%

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Garbage Collection for July 4th Week

The Lafayette Consolidated Government Compost Facility at 400 Dugas Rd. will be closed on the Fourth of July, and will reopen on Friday, July 5.

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10 America-Themed Songs for the Fourth of July

American popular music has been around since before America even declared its independence. 'Yankee Doodle,' anyone? That classic was sung by Colonial American soldiers as early as the French and Indian War.

Here’s a list of 10 to add to your Fourth of July playlist:

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MTV, VH1 AND CMT Are Going Wall To Wall Music Videos

Did you ever think you'd see the day when MTV, VH1 and CMT would actually play nothing but music videos?  They say they will but there's a catch.

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This Day in History for July 4 – Declaration of Independence Signed and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1776 – The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress (More info)

1826 – Former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both die on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence (More info)

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4th of July 2012 in Lafayette and Acadiana

The 4th of July brings a lot of heat with it, but it also brings lots of great music, family fun and fireworks. Here are our Top Picks for a fun July 4th celebration in Lafayette and Acadiana.

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Fireworks Shopping This Weekend?

Be sure you buy your 4th of July fireworks at the stands that have been inspected and permitted. Illegal fireworks include anything that is not approved by the consumer product safety commission is considered illegal explosives and they are often unpackaged and/or wrapped with plain brown paper.

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