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Some Families Celebrate Their First Fourths As Americans

CBS 2′s Dorothy Tucker talks with some newly sworn American citizens about the Fourth of July holiday.

07/04/2014

Fourth Of July Parade-Watching Gets Cutthroat In Evanston

It’s dibs, suburban style — and just as serious as dibs in certain Chicago neighborhoods after a big snowstorm.

07/03/2014

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Mass Exodus Expected Over Holiday Weekend

Forty-one million people are expected to travel more than 50 miles from home, according to AAA Chicago Motor Club. Eight of 10 of them will be by car. CBS 2′s Roseanne Tellez reports.

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

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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

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Illinois Residents Cross Border To Indiana To Buy Fireworks

With the Fourth of July coming up, lots of Illinois residents are making run for the Indiana border to by fireworks.

07/02/2014

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Police Planning Crackdown On Drunk Driving For Fourth Of July Weekend

The Fourth of July is the most dangerous day of the year to be on the roads.

07/02/2014

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Holiday Road Trips — And Summer Gas Prices — Highest In Years

Nationally, gas prices were at a six-year high for this time of year, hitting a U.S. average Tuesday of $3.67 a gallon for unleaded regular. That’s up 18 cents from a year ago. Average regular gasoline prices were even higher Tuesday in Illinois, at $3.83; in the Chicago area, at $3.98; and in Chicago, at $4.23.

07/02/2014

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Business Booming For Indiana Fireworks Stores Ahead Of Fourth Of July

Fireworks stores in northwest Indiana are doing brisk business as the Fourth of July approaches.

07/01/2014

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Best Ideas For Fourth of July In Chicago

Need ideas for July 4th weekend with your family? We have the ultimate guide for your holiday weekend.

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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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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Creative 4th of July Parade Float Ideas

Fourth of July parades take place all across the country and signify not only our collective patriotism, but also local pride. Homemade floats abound and are as unique and individual as the spirit that carved out our country.

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

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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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Your Ultimate Fourth Of July Party Guide

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

06/12/2014

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July 4th Fireworks, Concert Returning To Elgin

After going the past five years without a Fourth of July fireworks show for budget reasons, Elgin is bringing back the Independence Day tradition this summer, with help from the Grand Victoria Casino.

02/14/2014

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Best Places To See Fireworks In Chicago

Whether you’re looking for fireworks in the heart of Chicago or in one of the neighboring suburbs, there are a number of Independence Day celebrations to choose from.

06/21/2013

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Best 4th Of July Parties In Chicago

Celebrate Independence Day with a mix of family-friendly and late-night fun. Whether you’re headed out to Lake Michigan or the ‘burbs, you’re sure to get your party on for the Fourth of July.

06/20/2013

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2013 Chicago Area July 4th Fireworks Shows

Are you looking for a place to watch fireworks in the Chicago area?

06/18/2013

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