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A 4th of July without fireworks?
Jul 1, 2021

A 4th of July without fireworks?

Dry conditions and heat in parts of the West have raised the fire risk, so some cities are canceling fireworks celebrations. And even in places that are allowing shows, like with so much else these days, there's a supply problem. Plus, an update on COVID vaccine passports from Europe. Also, a surge in tourism for national parks and what it means for local economies. And, our "Back to Business" series takes us today to Nebraska's largest Black-owned business and how it's handled the pandemic.

Segments From this episode

National Parks, and businesses nearby, prepare for holiday rush

Jul 1, 2021
Some parks are restricting access to prevent congestion.
Leading up to the Fourth of July, one restaurant near Grand Canyon National Park is serving more patrons than before the pandemic.
Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images

How Nebraska's largest Black-owned business is approaching the post-pandemic era

Jul 1, 2021
"We are at an inflection point," said Carmen Tapio, founder and CEO of North End Teleservices.
"We are at an inflection point," said Carmen Tapio, founder and CEO of North End Teleservices in Omaha.
Courtesy of North End Teleservices

You might not get a fireworks show this July 4th

Jul 1, 2021
Fireworks are more expensive because of supply chain issues. And in many parts of the dry West they're banned.
Dry, hot weather in certain parts of the U.S. and supply chain issues are to blame.
Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Music from the episode

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The team

Victoria Craig Host, BBC
Stephen Ryan Senior Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Jay Siebold Technical Director
Brian Allison Engineer
Meredith Garretson Morbey Senior Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer
Rose Conlon Producer
Alex Schroeder Producer