4th of July Fun Marked in Different Events

From coast to coast, Americans are celebrating the country’s independence with family gatherings, fireworks, parades and food.

Philadelphia started its celebration a little early with the Liberty Block Party on Friday near Independence Hall. There was music on three stages, treats from local food trucks and restaurants and a beer garden. The Philly Pops performed patriotic tunes.

Saturday’s events include a Celebration of Freedom ceremony, a parade through the city’s historic district and a free concert and fireworks.

Washington will have its parade and the traditional fireworks on the National Mall.

New York has Nathans, where the famous hot dog eating contest is a feature event, along with Macy’s annual fireworks display Saturday night.

And the traditional Boston Pops concert and fireworks are set for Boston.

And there’s also this story out of Chicago:

CHICAGO (AP) – Hot dogs and burgers may be on the menu for many Americans celebrating the Fourth of July but for some troops serving overseas, a different treat awaits — pizza.

Pizzas4Patriots, a suburban Chicago-based group founded by a veteran, has arranged for 5,000 pies to be shipped to Afghanistan, and another thousand to Kuwait. Mark Evans, a retired Air Force master sergeant, says it’s a way of giving back to service members — literally providing a slice of home.

Evans’ group partners with businesses like Rich Products to make the pies and DHL to fly them. The pies are put on dry ice and driven to forward operating bases before being served.

Evans says Pizzas4Patriots has sent 150,000 pizzas to deployed troops for the Super Bowl and July 4th over the past 8 years — roughly a million slices. He says they also deliver pizzas to veterans’ hospitals across the U.S.

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