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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.
NEWS
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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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 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...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 1996 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
"What would you do if tomorrow morning you woke up, left your house, looked up in the sky, and found an enormous spaceship completely covering your town?" asks writer-producer Dean Devlin, explaining the premise of his movie Independence Day. "What would you do?" If you're any studio but 20th Century Fox, which releases Independence Day on July 3, you run for the hills. Devlin and director Roland Emmerich's alien-invasion disaster flick is considered such a surefire blockbuster that it has the all-important five-day Fourth of July holiday pretty much to itself.
NEWS
July 6, 1995 | By Jeff Gammage and Suzanne Sataline, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
For most of the last year, Maurice Patterson was on the run. The 16-year-old was hiding. Police believed he had witnessed a West Philadelphia robbery. He stopped attending Bartram High School because he was harassed by students who thought he might talk. He stayed clear of his mother's place, where a subpoena awaited him. He started packing a gun. On Tuesday, he died in what police call the bloodiest Fourth of July in Philadelphia this decade. Seven people were killed - more than on the previous five Independence Days put together.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 30, 1996 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Hey, Will Smith, you jaunty, jug-eared thing, you. Thus far in your young but eventful career, you've found rap's sweet spot with G-rated songs like "Parents Just Don't Understand," and boosted NBC's lagging ratings as the impish star of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. So why did a nice guy like you have to give up his July Fourth weekend to tangle with aliens in the new film Independence Day? "I'm the first black guy to save the world, the Jackie Robinson of world saviors," jokes Smith, the loose-limbed charisma whirligig.
NEWS
July 5, 2011
All U.S. financial markets were closed Monday in observance of Independence Day. There is no Business section in Tuesday's Inquirer. It will return Wednesday inside the A section.
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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.
NEWS
July 2, 2014
  Thursday, July 3   Pennsylvania Upper Darby: Upper Darby Concert and Fireworks at Upper Darby High School Memorial Stadium in Drexel Hill (7:30 p.m.) Ambler: Ambler Kiwanis Fourth of July at Wissahickon High School. Through Saturday. Celebration and fireworks Thursday night (6 to 10:30 p.m.) Lower Providence Township: Fourth of July Celebration at Eagleville Park (6:30 p.m., fireworks at dusk)             Friday, July 4   Pennsylvania Philadelphia: Wawa Welcome America!
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | BY LAURIE T. CONRAD, Daily News Staff Writer | conradl@phillynews.com, 215-854-2270
LOOKS like Will Smith has declared his independence from the movie franchise that made him a superstar. Deadline.com reports that the pride of Overbrook will not be part of "Independence Day 2," planned for release in July 2016, the 20th anniversary of the original Fox sci-fi smash. Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are expected to reprise their roles as alien-fightin' Earthlings, and rumor has it that Michael B. Jordan will step into the lead. Then again, director Roland Emmerich and co-writer and producer Dean Devlin drafted two scripts - one with Smith, one without - and gave both to scriptwriter James Vanderbilt ("The Amazing Spider-Man")
SPORTS
July 9, 2013 | By Tyler R. Tynes, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 5, 2013
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 24, 2013 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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