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Gary Stein: Symbols and cymbals mark Fourth of July

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As we prepare to celebrate the holiday formally called Independence Day but more commonly known as the Fourth of July, visions of fireworks, barbecue and red, white and blue come to mind. But, taking a step back, I think a more apropos name, albeit less patriotic sounding would be to call it Symbols Day. Most holidays are filled with symbolism, but as secular, government-sanctioned holidays go, “The Fourth” beats them all. Symbols can range from icons to symbolic acts. Flags…

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Catching fireworks in North Pinellas? Here are the details

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The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce is wishing patriotic celebrants safe travels this Fourth of July. The group tweeted a reminder to followers that the Memorial Causeway Bridge will be closed due to fireworks Saturday. The estimated closure is from 9:25 until 9:55, but that time is subject to change depending on whether and timing of the fireworks show. The e-flier suggests alternative routes by using the Belleair Causeway or taking the Clearwater Ferry. The ferry leaves from downtown Clearwater…

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Rain-free Fourths of July make for more Republicans, and other holiday stats

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The U.S. Census Bureau is nothing without mountains of data about America, and the Fourth of July is no different. So, here are some “red, white and blue” stats to chew on for the holiday: In July 1776, about 2.5 million people lived in the newly independent nation. Today, America has grown to 318.4 million. The U.S. imported about $206.3 million worth of fireworks from China in 2013. In comparison, fireworks exports came to just $10.2 million, with Israel buying $2.7 million, the most of any…

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Despite Obama ‘over-regulation,’ fireworks industry continues to take off

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Firework sales in America are booming, no thanks to the Obama administration. Sales of low-and high-grade celebratory pyrotechnics in the U.S. – both commercial and personal – expect to reach $1 billion, especially since more states and municipalities are allowing the purchase of sparklers, Roman candles, and other consumer fireworks. Many of these places have been rewriting obscure regulations banning limiting their use. But with Fourth of July heralding the start of a busy buying season, one obstacle remains, the industry…

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Marco Rubio, Chris Christie planning sleepover with the Romneys

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2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will be hosting two rival Republican presidential contenders at a holiday sleepover Friday evening. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will both be staying over at Romney’s property in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, an aide to Romney confirmed. The aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of what the aide called the private nature of the event, said the former governor and his wife opened their home to the Christie…

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Here’s the skinny on Fourth of July happenings in and around St. Pete

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Wondering what to do this Saturday for the Fourth of July? Fear not, there any number of festivities throughout St. Pete to celebrate our nation’s Independence. Fireworks will go off from Spa Beach in downtown St. Pete weather-permitting sometime between twighlight – about 8:30 p.m. – and 10 p.m. Typically St. Pete fireworks start lighting up the sky around 9 p.m. The show can be seen well from most downtown parks including Vinoy, Albert Whitted, Demens Landing, North and South…

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Marco Rubio and St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster to celebrate 4th of July fireworks together

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St. Petersburg on the Fourth of July…family fun, fireworks, and Mayor Bill Foster…where else would you want to celebrate Independence Day? For Marco Rubio, there’s no where else he’d rather be!  The U.S. Senate candidate is coming to the ‘burg to take in St. Pete’s waterfront fireworks display — as a guest of Mayor Bill Foster.  Details are forthcoming…

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