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July 4th, 2009
08:48 AM ET

Cutting back 4th of July festivities

Fireworks, food and family fun.  Three things synonymous with the 4th of July.

But from Florida to Arizona and New Jersey, a tough economy has forced many communities across the country to scale back their 4th festivities or cancelled them all together. 

Families are scaling back as well.  Many are bypassing big road-trips to stay closer to home.

What are you up to this 4th?  Are you at home?  Were firworks in your community cancelled.  Or did you still take that trip you've been planning since last year?  This is one topic we'll be discussing today at 4 P.M.  So tell us your plans and tune in.  Your comments could make it on air!

Filed under: Fredricka Whitfield
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  1. michael armstrong sr.

    staying at home and dodging the crowds eating some BBQ chicken with baked beans watching my 60" tv drinking some 12% wine and doing the monkey with my wife and doing the blog on CNN with the A/C going nice fun .

    July 4, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  2. Milton Smith

    I have always wanted to get a carbon fiber 21 speed pedal bike with dual titanium chain drives with the gears in the middle front to back. it would look like a giant dual cd player drives. It would be light and super cool so I could ride into montana on the fourth of july and watch the fire works then ride back through the mountains in time for topless beer hour.

    July 4, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  3. Hunter Schultz

    July 3, 1776
    "The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end ofthis continent to the other, from this time forward forever.

    "You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory I can see that the end is worth more than all the means; that posterity will triumph in that day's transaction, even though we [may regret] it, which I trust in God we shall not." – John Adams, Second Congression Congress

    July 4, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  4. Carmen T

    Well, this year for the first time in more than a decade, we did not go to buy fireworks. My family will be using the leftovers from last years. I didn't receive the traditional notice from our community about fireworks tonight, so they are probably canceled. To make matters worse, it is very cloudy, is kind of cool and there are tons of mosquitoes out there. No trips, no parties.

    July 4, 2009 at 11:26 am |

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