• Huge American flag made of Legos on display at Smithsonian

    Updated: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of visitors at the Smithsonian have helped build the largest American flag made out of Lego bricks in time for the Fourth of July. That flag was built this week at the National Museum of American History in Washington. It's constructed with more than...

  • Exhibit opens July 4 about black experience in WW2

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About to be overrun by Germans, a young black lieutenant called in an artillery barrage on his own position, knowing he'd be killed. It was the only way to hold off the enemy. The sacrifice by 1st Lt. John Fox is one of many endured by the 100,000 African-American...

  • List: 17 great ways to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend around Colorado Springs

    The Gazette
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Here's a list of Fourth of July events Saturday and the entire weekend in the Colorado Springs area. - Will 100,000 show up for Colorado Springs Philharmonic concert and fireworks at Memorial Park? - Watch what you light on Fourth of July in Pikes Peak region - Friday-Sunday...

  • Colorado Springs Philharmonic director expects record crowd at Fourth of July concert

    By Amanda Hancock The Gazette -
    Updated: 5 hr ago

    What goes better with the boom of fireworks than a side of symphony? Back for its 43rd round, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will light up Memorial Park on the Fourth with tunes and plenty of red, white and blue to go around. "It's an event that makes our community great - it's...

  • 5 cool family hikes in Colorado on a hot summer day

    Dena Rosenberry, dena@outtherecolorado.com
    Updated: 7 hr ago

      To help you enjoy Colorado, we at Out There Colorado have brainstormed and identified five fun trails for a sunny summer day. (Don't worry, we'll keep sharing ideas for shady or water-splashed hikes as long as there's a need to beat the heat. And we welcome your suggestions:...

  • Illinois State Police add July 4 patrols, roadside checks

    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are warning Illinois motorists not to drink and drive and to buckle up over the holiday weekend. Illinois State Police say they're joining forces with more than 270 law enforcement agencies to conduct 100 roadside safety checks and...

  • Kid-friendly crafts for the Fourth of July

    By JENNIFER FORKER The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Along with parades, picnics and fireworks, Fourth of July fun for kids can include some holiday-themed crafts. "The Fourth is such a great crafting holiday for kids," says Mary Giles, deputy editor of FamilyFun magazine. "They can decorate their bikes or make silly hats and...

  • Let the flags fly in your home landscape

    By Stephanie Earls stephanie.earls@gazette.com -
    Updated: 10 hr ago

    When Kip Carey was designing a sign for his new shop, All About Colorado, he went looking for a state flag for inspiration. Flying the Centennial State's symbolic identity wasn't the breeze he'd anticipated. "I couldn't find one anywhere," said Carey, who decided then that he'd keep a...

  • Year-round gardening: Managing mosquitoes in your backyard

    By Janet Fitzgerald Colorado Master Gardener -
    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Just when you thought it was safe to go into the garden, Mother Nature unleashes storms with hail. If that weren't enough, the weather also has given rise to the scourge of outdoor activity: mosquitoes. A gardener's yard is filled with ideal places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs,...

  • Fruity, summery colors perk up decor all year

    By KIM COOK The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Aah, summer - the season when oranges are transformed into ice pops, limes add zing to slushies, peaches become pies, and berries take over nearly every dessert. Citrus and other fruity hues look fresh and energetic in summer decor, and there's no need to remove them once fall...

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