Political divide defines July Fourth celebrations

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Widespread political division has many Washington, D.C. area residents and college students questioning the meaning of Independence Day this year and how protests should be handled. American University students and employees interviewed Wednesday disagreed about the holiday’s meaning, saying it carries its own traditions no matter the year. “Nostalgia,” said Stephanie Blenko, 19, speaking…

Immigration major election issue

Independence Day is a huge celebration in Washington, D.C. but just how much do local residents know about what it takes to become a citizen here? In the Tenleytown neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C., American citizens were asked a series of questions sampled from the one that immigrants seeking citizenship would have to pass. Matt…

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What year was the Declaration of Independence signed? Spoiler alert: 1776.

Even though someone may be a U.S. citizen, that doesn’t always mean they know the complete history of their country. Some residents and visitors to Washington, D.C. had a tough time answering questions from the citizenship test given to immigrants. When asked why we celebrate July Fourth Ricky Monroe, 55, said, “Was there a war…

Some district residents say terrorism thoughts always close on Independence Day

People in Washington D.C.’s Tenleytown neighborhood discussed their opinions Thursday regarding the potential terrorist attacks on July 4th, fearing the nation’s capital could be a target. Brittany Jones, 24, admitted that she is not one to celebrate the Fourth of July, but said she would fear the chance of terrorist attacks. “When you think about…

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…

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…