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July 15, 1996 | Daily News wire services contributed to this report
Will Smith, the Artist Formerly Known as Fresh Prince, is all over the place. Folks are cheering his on-screen appearance in the blockbuster "Independence Day. " He's People magazine's coverboy this week. You'll find a two-page pullout poster of him in today's Daily News (on Pages 36-37). And he was spied in his hometown last week eating large (see Stu Bykofsky's column). Not bad for a guy whose major claim to fame to this point has been to inspire an entire generation of kids to wear their jeans baggy and their caps backwards.
NEWS
July 6, 1989 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
They see their adopted country in ways that Americans never could. They marvel at the houses here, the supermarkets, the weather, the freedom. They lament the loss of closeness with friends and family, their culture and their country. But the choice between the United States and home was theirs. "Americans just don't appreciate that they can vote, stand up and say what they feel and know that someone might boo and hiss but they won't lock them up," said Irwin Charles Gafen, of Lafayette Hill.
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July 9, 1996 | By Jeff Gelles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writers Suzette Parmley and Rena Singer, and correspondents Craig LaBan and Mary Anne Janco contributed to this article
Erik Kornet came four hours early on opening day, and still couldn't get a ticket at the multiplex on Delaware Avenue. At the Regal Cinemas in Huntingdon Valley, 144 of 195 shows since last Tuesday were sold out - even though the movie was on three of the theater's 14 screens. In Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, tickets were being resold by scalpers, so much did moviegoers want to see the world-beater movie. Perhaps only a real alien invasion could stop Independence Day. There was no sign of a letup.
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July 2, 2010
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July 4, 2016
Britain's vote to leave the European Union was greeted in the kingdom and its former colonies by more than a few facile comparisons to a 240-year-old revolution. "The Brexit referendum is akin to our own Declaration of Independence," former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin enthused. The leader of the far-right UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, said the vote would "go down in history as our independence day. " Especially from a Philadelphian's perspective, such analogies, if followed to their absurd conclusion, suggest London and other major English cities had better gird for occupation.
NEWS
May 27, 1990 | By Sari Harrar, Special to The Inquirer
Maple Shade's red-white-and-blue Independence Day celebration is running short on that essential green stuff. Organizers say public donations are at their lowest point since the brass bands and fireworks were revived in 1976. The Independence Day festivities, scheduled this year for June 30 in Maple Shade, will cost $10,515. But celebration committee chairman Howard "Tex" Gwynne said that with five weeks to go, the committee is about $3,000 short of its goal. "We have to book all the bands and the fireworks so far in advance," Gwynne said.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Jeff Goldblum: Love earth Did you know that Will Smith 's blockbuster alien invasion action film Independence Day and its Liam Hemsworth -starring sequel have a moral message? "One of the thrills about these movies, when they blow things up, you go, 'Geez, I didn't realize how precious it was to me,' " says Jeff Goldblum who played the genius scientist in the first film and returns this week in Independence Day: Resurgence . "We love this planet, we love the Earth, and we love these little things we've made and little buildings we've grown accustomed to," Goldblum tells USA Today.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 1990 | By Roy H. Campbell, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributing to this article were Inquirer staff writers Kimberly McLarin and Dwight Ott, and correspondents Tom Linafelt, Mary Anne Janco and Pamela Stock
The summer's biggest holiday is nearly upon us. And there has never been a better time in recent history to celebrate Independence Day. The commemoration of our country's bid for democratic freedom has greater meaning this year, given the events in Eastern Europe and South Africa since the last July Fourth - events that have brought liberty behind the Iron Curtain and the release of Nelson Mandela, prompting hopes for the end of apartheid in...
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July 5, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
The Philly Pops plucked the reliably resonant strings of patriotism Sunday night. How could it have been otherwise? Using Independence Hall as a heady backdrop, with an estimated 15,000 listeners stretched across the mall, the Pops were back for their annual sound track to Independence Day festivities. Conductor Michael Krajewski presided over a program of Americana very much like the ones of years past. Yet if something was different this time, that something was us. The political realm has become unrecognizable since our last musical gathering at this birthplace of a great idea for a nation, and it was hard to escape the thought that what kind of America you listened for had at least something to do with the America you see us becoming.
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July 5, 2016
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July 5, 2016 | By Jeff Gammage, Staff Writer
Some news as Philadelphia prepares for its raucous, red, white, and blue observance of Independence Day: You're celebrating the wrong day, people! July the Fourth should be July the Second - the day the Continental Congress voted for independence. Or, at least, John Adams thought so. And he was there. The next day - July 3, 1776 - he wrote a three-page letter to his wife, Abigail, rhapsodizing that July 2 would become the most exalted day in American history. "I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival," Adams wrote.
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July 4, 2016
Britain's vote to leave the European Union was greeted in the kingdom and its former colonies by more than a few facile comparisons to a 240-year-old revolution. "The Brexit referendum is akin to our own Declaration of Independence," former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin enthused. The leader of the far-right UK Independence Party, Nigel Farage, said the vote would "go down in history as our independence day. " Especially from a Philadelphian's perspective, such analogies, if followed to their absurd conclusion, suggest London and other major English cities had better gird for occupation.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Jeff Goldblum: Love earth Did you know that Will Smith 's blockbuster alien invasion action film Independence Day and its Liam Hemsworth -starring sequel have a moral message? "One of the thrills about these movies, when they blow things up, you go, 'Geez, I didn't realize how precious it was to me,' " says Jeff Goldblum who played the genius scientist in the first film and returns this week in Independence Day: Resurgence . "We love this planet, we love the Earth, and we love these little things we've made and little buildings we've grown accustomed to," Goldblum tells USA Today.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 8, 2015
WHEN NIGHT fell on Independence Day, I stood outside with my children and watched fireworks fill the evening sky. As I did so, I contemplated the meaning of freedom here in Philadelphia, the birthplace of American independence. To be sure, the definition of American freedom is complicated. It was from the very beginning, when the shackles of slavery were interwoven into the ideals of independence and democracy. Our concept of freedom remains convoluted today, as America grapples with the fact that we imprison more people than any nation on Earth.
NEWS
January 24, 2015 | By Chris Hepp and Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writers
Sam Katz can't help himself. If there is a race for mayor in Philadelphia, his instinct is to jump in. He has made the leap thrice, but will tell you he's been tempted and passed as many times. It comes as no surprise, then, to hear that the lure is still there, and all the more attractive with Wednesday's sudden withdrawal of Ken Trujillo from the May 19 Democratic primary. So much so, Katz said Thursday, that he's giving a fourth run serious consideration. "I need to take a couple days to really talk about it with my wife," Katz said.
NEWS
July 8, 2014
ISSUE | TEA PARTY Toss these slights of critics overboard On Independence Day, the editorial board maligned tea party groups ("It's our government," July 4). In fact, the vast majority of its members want a government that represents the people; one that we don't have now. As for tea party-ers being anarchists, the politician hailed as great - George Washington - was one as well. I guess the board isn't so critical of all anarchists when it suits. Gregory Busch, Sewell Need broader vision The July 4 editorial shattered my illusion (delusion?
NEWS
July 5, 2014
What better occasion than Independence Day to reflect on a political movement whose adherents insist its essence is embodied in one of the seminal events of this country's birth, the Boston Tea Party? The spirit of protest is what today's tea-party patriots refer to as they liken themselves to those early Americans who, in 1773, hurled an East India Company cargo into Boston Harbor rather than pay a tax levied by the British Parliament with no colonial representation. With names like the Berks Sons of Liberty, Northeast Pennsylvania Spirit of 1776, Defenders of Freedom, and Tea Party Time Network, today's purported scions of the colonial rebels try to incite the passions of Americans who believe government looms too large in their lives.
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