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Independence Day celebrations with international perspectives

WASHINGTON– People on American University’s campus are planning to exercise their patriotism with traditional and nontraditional activities for the Fourth of July this year. Imani Muleyyar, a media production assistant at AU, is taking a slightly different approach this holiday. Muleyyar plans to travel to Baltimore, Maryland to visit family and box and kick box with friends. He explained that any…

July Fourth fireworks on the National Mall. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

Fireworks, hot dogs, celebration…and traffic.

WASHINGTON– With the anticipation building for the upcoming Fourth of July festivities, people in Washington D.C. are also preparing for the incoming traffic from tourists and visitors. Road closures will be in place starting as early as Thursday night around the Washington monuments where an estimated 700,000 are expected to show up to watch the grand…

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Fourth of July a time for reflection

WASHINGTON- Many American University summer students and faculty members shared their favorite Fourth of July memories as they prepared for one of the country’s most celebrated holidays. Liam Toohey, an American University library employee, is planning on visiting a friend’s house and going to a local park to watch fireworks. Toohey’s favorite part about going…

Spencer Cox reflected on Los Angeles' Fourth of July traditions while on AU's campus this summer.

Students and staff in D.C. are without hometown Independence Day traditions for first time

WASHINGTON—Teenagers at American University’s summer programs are looking forward to celebrating the Fourth of July in the city but some are missing the traditions of the holiday from their hometowns. For many, July Fourth is not about the birth of the country but rather being around family and celebrating American freedom. For those interviewed on…

Independence Day receives mixed reviews

WASHINGTON–People of all ages at American University are celebrating the Fourth of July with some excited and others indifferent. For some people Fourth of July is a big deal. Laura Dmesey, 49, works at the Subway on campus. Dmesey plans on partaking in a cookout with her family in Maryland. Instead of watching fireworks at the…