The latest on July 4th celebrations across the United States:
WASHINGTON – The White House holiday party on July 4th has the hallmarks of both happiness and pity.
The crowd danced to a military band playing popular songs and shouted as President Joe Biden stepped onto the podium to speak.
The four Washington Nationals presidential mascots – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt – ran a running race with Teddy’s victory.
Still, there was an undeniable sense of loss for participants such as Twanda Taylor, a kindergarten teacher from New Jersey. She brought her godson, Nasir Dickerson, 14, who lost his father to COVID-19 on April 21, 2020.
“That’s what it’s about – bringing America together,” Taylor said. “It’s an honor to be here.
MORE ON JULY FOUR:
– After a year lost to coronavirus, New York’s best-known July 4th traditions are back.
– President Joe Biden set to host biggest event to date in his presidency, an Independence Day barbecue and fireworks celebration on the South Lawn on Sunday evening.
– Fireworks have inadvertently exploded while they were set up for an Independence Day show in Ocean City, Maryland, leaving the fireworks company employees with minor injuries.
HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS:
NEW ORLEANS – Fireworks return to New Orleans on Independence Day thanks to actor Will Smith.
Smith is recovering roughly $ 100,000 for pyrotechnics over the Mississippi River after learning New Orleans had no plans for a show in 2021, city officials told news outlets.
New Orleans has canceled last year’s fireworks display due to COVID-19.
Smith is in New Orleans working on his latest film “Emancipation,” which will tell the story of a slave, Peter, who escaped from a plantation in Louisiana and whose picture of scars on his back after being whipped revealed the brutality of slavery. He will also fight for the Union during the Civil War.
Smith moved production of the film from Georgia to Louisiana in early April after Georgia passed a new election law that sparked a federal lawsuit claiming the overhaul was intended to deny black voters equal access to the ballot.
NEW YORK – Chowdown champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut broke his own record with a 14th victory at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Sunday.
Michelle Lesco won the women’s title.
The chestnut slaughtered 76 francs and brioches in 10 minutes. That’s one more than he did when setting the men’s record last year, when the contest went on without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lesco killed 30 30 dogs in 10 minutes.
Defending champion and record holder Miki Sudo has jumped this year because she is expecting a baby in a few weeks.
MIAMI – The July 4 holiday was marked by gloomy tones in South Florida, where a collapsed building left at least 24 dead and more than 120 missing under the rubble.
“July 4th is usually a time to get together with our loved ones and celebrate our freedom and independence, and this year the holidays are very different,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.
“But through this heartbreak,” she said, “and all the other obstacles that have been thrown at us, a clear picture emerges of what it means to be American.”
A candlelight vigil was scheduled for Sunday evening in Miami Beach for the victims of the Champlain Towers South condominium complex in Surfside, Florida.
Nearby Miami Beach usually hosts one of the area’s most spectacular fireworks displays, but officials have canceled its show for the second year out of respect for families. The show was unable to continue last year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
While many communities in South Florida have canceled the fireworks, one of the few places in Miami-Dade County to feature fireworks was former President Donald Trump’s golf resort in Doral. Tickets for the free event, 20 miles inland from Surfside, have been sold.