As America celebrates its 233rd year of independence from England today, many red-blooded Americans will celebrate the old-fashioned way, by going outdoors, having a picnic or barbecue, decorating everything in red, white and blue and watching or holding their own fireworks displays. But in this rough economy lots of people are choosing to stay close to home. Who really wants to spend lots of money traveling, fighting huge crowds at the day's events and possibly blow off your fingers or light yourself on fire? Luckily we've got you covered.
This is a good day to stay home, watch a baseball game, throw some hotdogs on the grill, eat an apple pie and watch fireworks on your computer. earthTV, an international live TV channel, has cameras located in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York City, Niagara Falls and Honolulu and will be broadcasting live streams of fireworks displays beginning at dusk in those cities. If you just can't wait until then, go check out its timelapse showing Independence Day displays from years past.
The fun is not limited to fireworks. Today Jimmy Fallon will emcee a special concert featuring the Foo Fighters and Michelle Branch from the South Lawn of the White House. Look for exclusive live video at whitehouse.gov/live beginning with President Obama's opening remarks at 7pm EDT. According to the White House blog, "the concert, put on by the USO honoring the hundreds of service members and their families who will be in attendance, will begin at 8:10 pm ET, followed by fireworks over the National Mall at approximately 9:10pm".
For those of you that are really feeling the American spirit today, check out this silly video we found. After all, it's not really a party until someone shoots rockets out of their butt or blows a hand off, right? (WARNING: Do Not Try This at Home)