NBC News: Trump’s July Fourth ‘Salute to America’ in D.C. promises fireworks, flyovers — and coronavirus risk. “As coronavirus cases spike, public health officials are pleading with Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations, but subdued is not President Donald Trump’s style, and he aimed to go big, promising a ‘special evening’ in Washington that could bring tens of thousands to the National Mall.”
AP: Virus concerns grow — as do crowds flocking to Jersey Shore. “As coronavirus-related restrictions are eased and temperatures climb, people are flocking back to the Jersey Shore. And with the July Fourth holiday weekend upon us, that’s making some people nervous, particularly given the large crowds that have surfaced at some popular shore spots recently and poor compliance with mandated measures to help slow the spread of the virus.”
Argus Leader: South Dakota health experts warn Mount Rushmore fireworks could cause coronavirus spike. “The July 3 fireworks, which President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend, will be the first at Mount Rushmore National Monument in a decade and comes three months into the COVID-19 pandemic. Health professionals in South Dakota are concerned the lack of mitigation efforts expected at the event could cause the coronavirus to spread in the communities surrounding Mount Rushmore and in communities where attendees live following the event.”
MyHeritage: Happy July 4th: Enjoy Free Access to U.S. Newspapers. “In honor of July 4th, we are delighted to announce FREE access to all U.S. Newspaper collections on MyHeritage’s SuperSearch™, for a limited time. From July 3, 2018 through July 8, 2018, we are providing free access to all 33,591,658 U.S. Newspaper records – no data subscription required!”
Library of Congress: Ahead of July 4, a Unique Birthday Card to America Goes Online. “In 1926, America celebrated the 150th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence. To mark the occasion, citizens of Poland – more than 5.5 million of them – signed a unique birthday card, The Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship. Now, all 111 volumes containing more than 30,000 pages – many beautifully illustrated or accompanied by photographs – are digitized and accessible on the Library of Congress website.”
In development: an online archive exploring the 4th of July during the Civil War era. “The war and its aftermath brought the issues of racial equality and national identity to the fore. Americans disagreed sharply on these matters, and it was on the fourth day of July each year that they were most likely to air their opinions. Everyone could have their say: not only the political leaders and intellectuals, but ordinary men and women, black and white Americans, soldiers and civilians, immigrants and the native born. The full kaleidoscope of differing views can only be appreciated by studying the treasure trove of newspaper articles, letters, diaries and countless other primary sources that Civil War era Americans left behind. Reading the testimony of the participants, in their own words, is the only way to understand the complex history of Independence Day during America’s greatest crisis. To make these fascinating stories more accessible, a team of faculty, staff, and students at Virginia Tech is currently building an interactive online archive of primary sources covering the entire Civil War era, 1848—1877.”
In the United States, the 4th of July is a holiday (Independence Day) with lots of food and fireworks. So I’m posting this article from The Verge, which is a twist on those “how to take good firework pictures” articles you see every year: How to use GIFs to take better fireworks photos.
The always-excellent Larry Ferlazzo has updated his Web sites for learning about the Fourth of July.
All right, Americans: IFTTT now has a 4th of July channel. You can wish your friends Happy 4th, change your Hue lights to something more patriotic, have a robot sing you The Star Spangled Banner, and other silly things.