Tag: Independence Day

Independence Day ranks highest for average daily crash deaths

On average, more people in the U.S. die in motor vehicle crashes on Independence Day than any other day of the year.

Fourth of July forecast: Will the weather threaten barbecues, fireworks?

AccuWeather reports rain and thunderstorms will threaten parades, barbecues and fireworks displays across portions of the central and eastern United States on Independence Day.

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Governor McAuliffe celebrates July 4 with new American citizens at Monticello

This morning, Governor Terry McAuliffe spoke at the 53rd annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello, welcoming nearly 80 new Americans, who took the oath of citizenship during the event.

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Mark Obenshain: The triumph of liberty over oppression

Independence Day is more than just a celebration of the birth of our nation, but rather a commemoration of the triumph of liberty over oppression thanks to the selfless acts of bravery by courageous men and women who sought a new form of government that would allow individuals to flourish and prosper in a free society.

Bob Goodlatte: Celebrate independence

When our Founding Fathers signed their names to the Declaration of Independence, they could not have known how this experiment in self-government would unfold. What they were confident of, however, is that liberty is an inherent, God-given right, not one granted by any form of government.

Professional drivers offer safe driving tips for Independence Day travel

The Virginia Trucking Association is urging the the nearly 1.2 million Virginians expected to travel our highways over the Independence Day weekend to drive safely and follow several simple tips in order to keep this a safe holiday.

Valley Fourth 2015 announces full schedule

Harrisonburg’s annual Independence Day celebration, Valley Fourth, returns for the 14th year with a full day of activities on Saturday, July 4th from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm in Downtown Harrisonburg.

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City of Staunton announces schedule changes due to July 4 holiday

The City of Staunton’s administrative offices will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day. Refuse and recycling collections regularly scheduled for July 3 have been rescheduled.

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Randy Forbes: Three Charters of Freedom

It was a sunny evening in July and I had arranged for members of my staff to take a short walk from the Capitol down the National Mall to a building just off of Constitution Avenue.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels promise megablast for home finale on Saturday

The Richmond Flying Squirrels have announced that in appreciation of the tremendous support they have received from their fans during their run to the playoffs, and throughout their fifth season in Richmond, they have doubled the amount of fireworks they will launch during the final regular season fireworks extravaganza of the year on Saturday, August 30.

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Myrtle Beach downs Potomac Nationals, 4-2

The Potomac Nationals (6-7) dropped the opening game of their series against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (10-5) 4-2 on a sold out Independence Day extravaganza at Pfitzner Stadium. LHP Chad Bell (W, 3-0) allowed just two hits in five innings to earn the win for Myrtle Beach.

Professional truck drivers urge Virginians to follow safe driving tips during Fourth of July holiday

The Virginia Trucking Association is urging the more than 1 million Virginians that AAA projects will travel by automobile during the July 4th holiday to practice cuation and patience to ensure our roads are safe.


Virginia State Police encourages Drive to Save Lives

As Virginians prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence, the Virginia State Police encourages everyone to include traffic safety as an integral part of their preparations and activities.

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President Obama on the latest jobs report

We just got a jobs report today showing that we’ve now seen the fastest job growth in the United States in the first half of the year since 1999.


Fourth of July gas prices highest in six years

Although the national average price of gas has remained relatively steady as we approach the Fourth of July holiday, prices at the pump remain at a six-year high for this time of year.


AAA: 41 million Americans to hit the roads for Fourth of July

AAA Travel projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent increase from the 40.3 million people who traveled last year and a nearly 14 percent increase compared to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

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Robert Hurt: Energy independence will reduce gas prices, create jobs

It is hard to believe that only five short years ago, the national average price for a gallon of gas was $2.35 compared to $3.68 today.


AAA: Gas prices highest in six years

As we approach the end of the first full month of the 2014 summer driving season, the national price for regular unleaded gas is $3.68 per gallon, which is the highest price for early summer in six years (prices topped $4 per gallon in July 2008).

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Randy Forbes: History is our guide

Why is history so important? It reminds us who we are. Like a parent, it keeps us humble and proud at the same time. It carries with it both inspiration and responsibility. The collective memory of the past makes us wiser for the future. In our history, we find limitless options.


AAA: Despite high gas prices, record July 4 travel projected

Not even in 2001, 13 years ago when AAA began keeping holiday travel records, did as many Virginians travel for Independence Day as will in 2014, according to AAA.