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Fourth of July

parade float in Paramus on July 5, 2014 (Credit: CBS 2)

New Jersey Towns Make Up For Rained-Out July Fourth Festivities

A soggy Independence Day dashed parade plans for many towns in the Tri-State area.

07/05/2014

Coney Island boardwalk on July 5, 2014 (Credit: Gary Baumgarten/1010 WINS)

Tri-State Area Residents Hit Beaches, Boardwalks For Holiday Weekend Fun

Following a wet start to the holiday weekend, Tri-State area residents are finally getting the sun and warm temperatures they’ve been hoping for.

07/05/2014

Joey Chestnut celebrates after winning the 98th annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island on July 4, 2014. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

Chestnut Gets Mustard Yellow Belt, Black Widow Outeaten

High-ranking chowhound Joey “Jaws” Chestnut packed away 61 franks and buns in 10 minutes on Friday at the Coney Island contest while defending champion Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas lost her title.

07/04/2014

Fourth of July parade in Ridgewood, N.J. (Credit: CBS 2)

Rain Doesn’t Stop NJ, LI Towns From Celebrating At July Fourth Parades

Despite the wet weather many area parades stepped off Friday in celebration of Independence Day.

07/04/2014

Jones Beach (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Tri-State Area Residents To Flock To Beaches, Waterways For Fourth Of July Fun

Beachgoers are disappointed with the severe weather forecast for the Fourth of July, but many say two good days out of three isn’t so bad.

07/03/2014

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5 Things You Did Not Know About Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

There’s probably a lot you don’t know about the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest so here are five things that may surprise you.

07/03/2014

United States fans enjoy the atmosphere prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States (credit: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

17 World Cup Fans More Prepared For The Fourth Of July Than You

These World Cup fans have a leg-up on us all when it comes to showing their patriotism and we all need to take cues from their American ways. Here are 17 World Cup fans that are more prepared for the 4th of July than you:

07/03/2014

Retailers are offering Fourth of July sales (Credit: CBS 2)

Retailers Ramping Up Fourth Of July Sales

While many will flock to the beach, retailers want people to head indoors this holiday weekend, so “sale” signs are popping up everywhere.

07/02/2014

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Your Ultimate Fourth Of July Party Guide

This CBS Local Ultimate Guide to the Fourth Of July will have you prepared for the best Independence Day since 1776.

07/01/2014

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Fourth Of July Travel: What To Expect And How To Prepare

With 41 million Americans expected to travel this year, highways and airports will be packed with travelers looking to take advantage of the 3-day weekend.

06/30/2014

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Tri-State Area Gas Prices Soar Ahead Of Fourth Of July

AAA predicts about 35 million Americans will hit the road for the Fourth of July holiday, the most since 2007.

06/28/2014

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Best Places In America To Celebrate The 4th Of July

In celebration of Independence Day, several cities across the nation are hosting fun-filled activities by day and then concluding with spectacular pyrotechnic shows that can be viewed from miles away. Here are five of the best places in America to celebrate the Fourth of July

06/17/2014

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DIY July 4th Crafts For Your Backyard Party

Craft projects can be enjoyed by guests of all ages at your Independence Day cookout.

06/16/2014

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4th of July Fireworks Safety Checklist

Fireworks are a lot of fun, and many families enjoy setting off these sparkly treats every Fourth of July. Make sure to follow these tips to ensure a safe holiday for you and your family.

06/16/2014

(L to R) Tim Janus, Joey Chestnut, and Matt Stonie compete in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest at Nathan's Famous in Coney Island on July 4, 2013. (Photo by Monika Graff/Getty Images)

Nathan’s Crowns Chow Down Champs At Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest

Joey Chestnut and Sonya Thomas have defended their titles and are once again walking away as hot dog eating champions.

07/04/2013

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