Fireworks Explosions Near Mexico City Kill 19Nineteen people were killed and at least 31 were injured Thursday when two explosions ripped through fireworks workshops in a town just north of Mexico City.
Confusion Ensues As Man Sets World Record At Hot Dog Eating ContestAn annual contest brought a world record, but not before confusion.
4th Of July Beach-Goers Celebrate With 'Heat, Meat, And The Beat' Nearly 100,000 people flocked to Navy Pier to watch the fireworks display for the Fourth of July, while hundreds of others flocked to local beaches. 
Navy Pier Welcomes Nearly 100,000 For Fourth Of July Fireworks DisplayNavy Pier welcomed nearly 100,000 people for Wednesday night's Independence Day fireworks show.
Rauner, Pritzker Partake In Suburban July 4th ParadesThe biggest names from both political parties made appearances at area parades.
Hero Saved Man From Burning Car, Serves As Grand Marshal For Aurora ParadeJose Martinez was honored to be the Grand Marshal for the parade.  “I got to admit, it feels good. It was nice,” Martinez said.
Extra Security At Navy Pier For Fourth CelebrationsAdditional officers on foot and bike patrol will also be out along the lakefront.
Waukegan Man Accused Of Selling Homemade FireworksUndercover detectives set up a purchase with Janko Armanov where he sold them 100 half sticks of fireworks.
4th Of July Gas Prices The Highest In Four Years Gas prices for the Fourth of July are at their highest in four years, according to AAA.
Where To Watch Fireworks Around The Chicagoland AreaHere is a list of fireworks shows around Chicago, celebrating the Fourth Of July. Much of this information comes courtesy of Fireworks in Illinois.
Fourth Of July Recipes: Set And Forget Hors d'oeuvresGet ready to wow the crowd this Fourth of July with these simple make ahead hors d'oeuvre. These wallet-friendly recipes are a great way to feed a big crowd with minimal effort. Chips and dip just took on a whole new meaning with our compilation of bold flavors and fresh ingredients.