July 9, 2013 |
On a sweltering summer day on the Schuylkill, the Vesper Rowing Club captured the Mariner Points Trophy Sunday at the Independence Day Regatta. Vesper won the women's eight final en route to a dominant showing in the points race. The champions finished with 522.75 points; runner-up Penn A.C. had 291. "This is where we want to be: We want to be a power in rowing again," said Joanne Iverson, president of the Vesper Rowing Club, which is based on Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill.
July 5, 2013
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July 5, 2013
What: This regatta features races for junior, open, masters, elite, and adaptive rowers. Through Wednesday, there were 1,054 entries, 96 of which were clubs, from 71 cities, 19 states, and five countries. First held in the 1880s, the regatta originally was known as the People's Regatta. It was renamed the Independence Day Regatta in 1958 in recognition of the Schuylkill Navy's 100th anniversary. Where: On the Schuylkill. When: Friday, from 9 a.m. to about 6:15 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 8 a.m. to about 4:30 p.m. Schedule: Friday, time trials and heats; Saturday, heats, semifinals, and some finals; Sunday, semifinals and the rest of the finals.
July 2, 2013
As the city kicks off its annual Independence Day celebration, it's important to remember that there is little freedom without participation. And freedom was threatened last year not only by voter-ID laws, which set up barriers to legitimate democratic participation, but also by confusion at the polls in Philadelphia, where thoughtful revolutionaries once gathered to write the Declaration of Independence. Seven months after the Nov. 6 election, three separate investigations - by Mayor Nutter, City Controller Alan Butkovitz, and the City Commissioners - have examined why more than 27,000 city voters had to use provisional paper ballots instead of voting machines.
June 24, 2013 |
Marking the Fourth of July in any other month might seem un-American. But Medford officials are betting residents will warm up to a novel idea: celebrating Independence Day on a weekend, even if it lands in June. And so, Medford will hold its July Fourth fireworks display this year on Saturday, at the close of a day of festivities that officials hope will become a tradition. "The more we talked about it, the more it made sense," township recreation director Beth Portocalis said.
April 17, 2013
Israelis mark independence JERUSALEM - Israelis celebrated 65 years of independence Tuesday, with more than a million people pouring into national parks despite unusually blustery weather. As flags fluttered from windows, streetlamps, and buildings across most of the country, families braved whipping winds and rain to indulge in the holiday's traditional pastime - the park barbecue. The festivities began Monday night, just a day after the country mourned its war dead during its annual Remembrance Day commemorations.
July 6, 2012 |
Have Peter Nero and the Philly Pops rung in their last "Liberty Bell March" together? Probably not. At Tuesday night's free concert in front of Independence Hall, there was only harmony, nothing to suggest the conflict between Nero and the board president and acolytes trying to oust him. Judge and mediator have been tapped in the dispute, with resolution possible as early as this month. Actually, the conductor on the podium for the Sousa march ending the 11th iteration of this Independence Day holiday tradition was Mayor Nutter.
July 6, 2012 |
Real history buffs didn't mingle with the thousands of visitors and tourists who flocked to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center in Old City on Independence Day. Instead, they could be found along a 2-mile strip of Germantown Avenue that runs through Germantown and Mount Airy, enjoying the rich historic sites — including Cliveden, Stenton, Concord School, Johnson House and Colonial burial grounds — while...
July 4, 2012 |
By Daniel Deagler On the occasion of our nation's founding, John Adams, who was as responsible for it as any man, wrote that "The 2nd day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. ... It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.