June 29, 1988 |
The Fourth of July and fireworks are almost synonymous, but firecrackers and other explosive "toys" are dangerous and illegal. In New Jersey, fireworks are illegal unless they are part of a display being handled by a group that has received approval from the local governing body and fire officials, said Mount Laurel Fire Marshal Greg Collier. Under New Jersey law, only plastic or paper caps for use in toy guns may be sold or used in New Jersey by unauthorized people, according to a statement issued by Collier's office.
July 3, 1998 |
A holiday weekend warning: "July 4th is the single busiest day of the year for most pediatric emergency centers," says Paula Elbirt, assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Although, increasingly, families are leaving fireworks to the experts, emergency rooms still expect to treat patients of all ages who have been seriously injured by fireworks set off by amateurs. "We see fingers torn off by fireworks and burns and wounds to faces," says Dr. Ronald Charles, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
July 4, 1992 |
Looking for a good excuse to whoop it up tonight? Here are two: it's Saturday, and it's Independence Day. And if Mother Nature decides to smile upon us, you'll be able to take advantage of the Shore's many alfresco nightspots, where you can enjoy fresh bay or ocean breezes - and fireworks. One of the best vantage points can be found on the upstairs deck at C.J.'s Key West Bar and Grill, 939 Bay Ave., Somers Point - the newly renovated former site of Crazy Jane's dance club.
July 1, 1991 |
There is that moment, just as darkness arrives, when the wait becomes unending. The children are the first to fidget. Someone begins to clap, and the crowd responds with that we-want-the-show rhythmic applause. The show is billed to begin at dark, but it never does. Shadowy figures in the distance seem to linger until . . . the first shell is loose, soaring toward the stars to deliver its burst of bright light and a resonant boom. America celebrates its birthday with sparks in the sky. It's tradition, one borrowed from antiquity.
July 5, 1991 |
There will be fireworks this weekend when the Phillies play the New York Mets in a three-game series at Veterans Stadium beginning at 7:35 p.m. today. The series features a matchup of two of the top RBI men in the National League: The Phillies' John Kruk and the Mets' Howard Johnson, who is also one of the league's top home-run hitters. A 20-minute fireworks display will come after tonight's game. The series will continue at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow and conclude at 1:35 p.m. Sunday. Preceding Sunday's game will be the annual game pitting Phillies players game against their children, scheduled for 1 p.m. Children 14 and younger attending Sunday's game will receive a card book, colored in Phillies red, which contains several Phillies baseball cards.
July 3, 1991 |
In a perfect world, Philadelphians would spend the Fourth of July celebrating the United States' independence, enjoying the city and the great outdoors with family and friends. But we're not naive. Plenty of you plan to hit the department store sales, come home, flop on the couch and flip on the TV. Heck, maybe it'll rain all day. So here are the holiday viewing highlights. There are programs for people celebrating the nation's history, and there are programs for people just celebrating their day off. At 10 a.m., Channel 6 covers the morning's Liberty Medal ceremony held in front of Independence Hall.
February 4, 2008 |
The Detroit Pistons held visiting Dallas to its worst game offensively this season and Rasheed Wallace backed up his talk with 21 points and nine rebounds in a 90-67 win yesterday. The center scored over Dirk Nowitzki on a fadeaway in the third quarter as Detroit pulled away, and screamed toward Dallas' bench, "He can't guard me!" In related news, a trailer carrying $75,000 worth of pyrotechnics to be set off before the game was stolen. In another game: At Washington, Kobe Bryant put up 19 points in the opening period on his way to finishing with 30, and the Lakers ran their offense so well there was no need for newly acquired Pau Gasol to don a uniform in a 103-91 victory over the Wizards.
May 23, 2005 |
The NJSIAA South Jersey softball tournament begins tomorrow, and the action is expected to be furious from the beginning. Here is how things shape up: Expect to see fireworks in a Group 4 showdown between Cherokee, the 11th seed, and Shawnee, the sixth seed. Cherokee has struggled of late but still has the talent to make something happen. Shawnee is in the midst of a late-blooming win streak. But when the dust clears for the semifinals and finals, expect to see Vineland, Lenape and Washington Township in the mix. Any matchup among those teams is too close to call.
July 3, 1986 |
There was a time when casino-hotels went all out to turn Independence Day into a big blast in Atlantic City. There was, for instance, the 1983 Beach Boys concert in front of Caesars Hotel-Casino, with more than 100,000 spectators jammed on the Boardwalk and beach and an armada of pleasure boats anchored offshore to enjoy the music and the fireworks that followed the show. Good vibrations all around. And then there were three years' worth of "Hooked on Classics" concerts on the beach in front of the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, starting in 1982.
July 5, 2000 |
Considering there were 224 candles on the birthday cake, the party for Uncle Sam was as lively as ever. From a parade on Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway to kite-flying contests in Ocean City, from sun-worshiping at the Shore to solemn ceremonies at Independence Hall honoring visionary scientists, Americans celebrated the Fourth of July in ways as diverse as the paths that brought their families to the New World. Fireworks arced over the sky in communities throughout the region, from Lansdowne to Washington Township, N.J., and bathed the graceful columns of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in dusky silhouette.