fourth of july

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

After a noisy Fourth of July in upstate New York,  officials are rethinking their approach to legal and illegal fireworks.

Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan with City of Albany officials held a press conference reminding residents about the legality of fireworks in Albany.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Heading toward Independence day, officials in the city of Albany are promoting fireworks safety.

Ron Kovic
Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

  Ron Kovic was really born on the 4th of July. Forty years ago the Vietnam vet — wounded in combat and in a wheelchair ever since — published his classic war memoir, later made into a film with Tom Cruise – Born on the Fourth of July. The new anniversary edition features a foreword by Bruce Springsteen.

In addition, Kovic - who continues his activism -  has written a new memoir entitled Hurricane Street, which chronicles the 1970s activism of the American Veterans Movement.

Facebook: Pittsfield Parade: Poster created by Marge Bride

Tens of thousands of people are expected to converge on Pittsfield, Massachusetts Friday for the city’s Fourth of July parade.

The parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at the intersection of South Street and East and West Housatonic Streets in downtown Pittsfield. Floats and banners representing the more than 170 organizations and individuals in the parade’s lineup will be decorated according to this year’s theme “Made in America.”

Plattsburgh City Hall
WAMC/Pat Bradley

The city of Plattsburgh has announced its plans for 4th of July festivities.  A cornerstone of the events is changing, and the city is recruiting a new organization to help promote events.

Tune in for Special July 4th Programming

Jul 3, 2013

Beginning at 9AM, right after Morning Edition, we'll meet Andrew Forsthoefel, who set out at age 23 to walk across America, East to West, 4000 miles, with a sign on him that said, "Walking to Listen" in Walking Across America ~ Advice for a Young Man. At 10AM, back by popular demand, we're re-airing the Richie Havens Retrospective special. FM Odyssey brings us this rare, intimate, in studio interview with Richie that recreates his 5 decades in music, digging deep into his catalog of songs with great music and stories.

Today we’re talking freedom – which, according to the dictionary, can mean exemption from external control, the power to determine action without restraint, or national independence.

That leads us to Independence Day, celebrated tomorrow on the Fourth of July, a day when we, as Americans, are supposed to celebrate our freedom as afforded by our fore fathers with the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.