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June 29, 1988 | By Nancy Reuter, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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July 3, 1998 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
NEWS
July 4, 1992 | By Alissa Wolf, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
July 1, 1991 | By Joe Daly, Special to The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 1991 | By Jack E. Ewing, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
July 3, 1991 | by Francesca Chapman, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
February 4, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
SPORTS
May 23, 2005 | By Nikki Usher INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1986 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 5, 2000 | By Shankar Vedantam and Barbara Boyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
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July 6, 2016 | By Erin Serpico, Staff Writer
ABOUT 30,000 people showed up for a Tim McGraw concert Monday. And that would not be all that unusual, except that in this case the 30,000 were listening to him on a beach. Actually, a beach that had absolutely no problem accommodating such a crowd - the ever-widening sands of Wildwood. The concert capped what by most accounts was quite a successful July Fourth weekend at the Shore, save for a few raindrops at midafternoon, and the threat of rain after dark Monday that doused scheduled fireworks shows in Wildwood and elsewhere around the region.
NEWS
July 6, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai and Martha Woodall, STAFF WRITERS
Maybe, some visitors said, the gray skies and impending rain kept the crowds thinner than usual. Others thought the musical lineup might have had something to do with the smaller audience. Or, some said, it was the construction on the Parkway. Still, this is Philadelphia - the country's birthplace, the reason Fourth of July means more than just the date. A little rain wasn't stopping the party. "It might be raining, but we're not going anywhere. I'm still having a good time," said Saladin Weens, 39, of North Philadelphia, who came out with his 13-year-old daughter, Nailah.
NEWS
July 5, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, STAFF WRITER
UPDATE : At about 9:20 p.m., as the rain intensified, the Philly Pops announced through social media that it had to cancel its concert appearance at the Art Museum to protect its instruments from damage. Officials of Welcome America, however, said the fireworks would happen at 10 p.m. as scheduled – regardless of the weather. EARLIER: Nature might be planning a fireworks show of its own Monday night, meteorologists are warning, threatening human firework displays all over the region.In addition, heavy rains were expected overnight, and a flash-flood was posted for between 12:01 a.m. and 10 a.m. Tuesday, with the National Weather Service saying that some areas could get hit with 3 to 4 inches of rain.
NEWS
July 4, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - Watching over her son, nieces, and nephews as they dug holes in the sand and built drip castles Saturday, Kelly Smith, 37, reminisced about being that age herself. Smith, in a blue bikini with a very pregnant belly, remembers learning to ride a bike here in the alley between 28th and 29th Streets, right off Central Avenue. This past weekend, she taught a 5-year-old niece to master a two-wheeler in the same spot. Smith has been coming to Ocean City with her siblings since she was born.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
In the animal care world, July 5 is known as the busiest day of the year. The reason? Fireworks. At the sound of the first boom, family pets will tear through screens, break windows, shoot out doors, scale tall fences and race for miles until they are completely disoriented and exhausted. "That one day can be pretty scary," said Laura Garber, manager of behavior and enrichment for the Pennsylvania SPCA. It's not just the larger firework displays but also the occasional neighborhood firework or sidewalk popper that can send pets running, said Garber.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
It's the best and most stressful of times for fireworks exhibitor Pyrotechnico, the New Castle, Pa., special effects purveyor that has been delighting viewers with big bang spectacles since 1898. For the 10-day period leading up to July Fourth, its full-time staff of 85 will swell into the multi-hundreds, as Pyrotechnico stages a staggering 650 fireworks shows coast-to-coast. Prominent among them are three really big Wawa Welcome America! shows here in Philadelphia - two at Penn's Landing, at 9:30 p.m. July 1 and 2, and then the 10 p.m. finale for the five-hour July Fourth extravaganza on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2016 | Staff
Need a way to fill your Memorial Day weekend? Don't worry, we've got your covered. KIDS Curious George: Let's Get Curious! 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 18, Please Touch Museum , Memorial Hall, 4231 Avenue of the Republic. $17. 215-581-3181, . No matter what number age puts on us, somewhere within we've all got a little bit of the precocious, inquisitive little monkey first named in Margaret and H.A. Rey's classic 1941 children's book.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2016
Directed by Asghar Farhadi. With Hedye Tehrani, Taraneh Alidoosti, Hamid Farokhnezhad. Distributed by Grasshopper Film. In Persian with English subtitles. Running time: 1 hour, 42 mins. Parent's guide: Not rated (adult themes, profanity, smoking). Playing at: Ritz at the Bourse.
NEWS
November 17, 2015 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
VEGAS-STYLE fireworks could go off during a City Council committee meeting today when officials from the gaming company seeking to build the city's second casino square off with critics who've accused the developer of discriminating against African-American customers. Among the dozens of people who've signed up to speak against the Cordish Cos. are six former employees and customers who allege to have witnessed or been victims of racial discrimination at the company's Fourth Street Live!
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