Fireworks get caught up in trade dispute

Jul 3, 2019
A 25% tariff could make those Chinese fireworks a lot more expensive.
Fireworks explode over the National Mall on Fourth of July in 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Here’s how animal shelters are preparing for fear-inducing fireworks

Jul 3, 2018
More pets go missing around the Fourth of July holiday than any other time. Amid the din and the bright lights of the fireworks, dogs and cats often scramble for cover and end up losing their way. Animal shelters are…

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How Weber Grills came to be

Jul 3, 2017
Weber's 'brand godfather' spent his career building 'barbecue culture around the world.'
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July 4th is a big beer holiday

Jul 4, 2014
Beer sales have been flagging for the big breweries, although craft beers are soaring.

Fireworks spark up a black market economy

Jul 4, 2014
Illegal firework trafficking is low priority for police, but not for firefighters.

Hemp flag stokes industry hopes

Jul 4, 2013
The flag flying over the U.S. Capitol on July Fourth? Made of hemp.

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Fireworks Tech: Behind the scenes

Jul 4, 2013
Displays are getting more impressive thanks to new technologies like computerized electronic matches and synchronized music.

American economic independence through the years

Jul 5, 2012
As you recover from yesterday's beach trips and barbeques, we take a look back at economic independence throughout American history with Marketplace economics correspondent Chris Farrell.

Fireworks sellers going strong despite heat, cancellations

Jul 4, 2012
With forecasts of excessive heat, rainstorms, and fire danger, a number of communities are calling off their fireworks celebrations this year. And of course local government budgets have also been under strain lately.