July 4th

Independence Day
5:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Go Fourth And Have Fun Today! Here's How

Fireworks will take place after dark on July 4th in Seattle, Tacoma, and many area communities.
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In honor of American independence, we’ve taken the liberty (sorry) of putting together this list of things to do this Fourth of July. The list is, by no means, comprehensive. If you know of a celebration we missed, please let us know in the comment section below.

Seattle

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4th of July
12:01 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Tacoma man the reason we stand for Star Spangled Banner

Paula Wissel

It seems as much a part of a trip to the ballpark as eating hotdogs.

But, when you hear the announcer say, "Ladies and gentlemen, please rise and remove your caps for the singing of the national anthem," do you ever wonder why you're standing?

As we discovered, you'll find the answer on an obscure plaque in the city of Tacoma.

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Weather with Cliff Mass
9:32 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Ahead: Temps in the 90s, then a pleasant Fourth of July

Listen to Cliff Mass' weekend forecast for a heat wave plus an explanation of dew points and humidity, as well as the answer to a listener question on why the Tri-Cities in eastern Washington is the hottest place in the state.

Expect progressively warmer weather over the weekend and through Tuesday, says KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

Mass, a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, says the heat wave hitting the western U.S. is heading our way. He expects highs around 90 on Monday and Tuesday from Seattle to Bellingham, and temperatures in the lower 90s in the south Sound.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Fourth is the right time for - Yankee Doodle Dandies

Boom!
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For the Fourth of July, we cover our Top Ten Patriotic Songs of All Time, ever, at least 'til next year. And it’s amazing what you can find when you dare to look beneath the surface…

For a grab bag of irony, it’s hard to top “God Bless America."

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