How to celebrate July 4 in New England


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Here in New England, everything about the upcoming July 4 weekend looks promising – the weather looks spectacular, gas prices are low and the region is chock full of events and celebrations. We’ve listed links to information on some of New England’s best July 4 celebrations below … and we send you on your way with the requisite reminders about firework safety and holiday driving safety. Not to be a Debbie Downer but the rods will be packed and July 4 ranks as “the deadliest single day of the year to be on the road, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).”

But with those cautions in mind, here are some ideas for your weekend!

Salute to Our Veterans


veteransNovember 11, 1918 marked the end of hostilities in World War I, “the war to end all wars.” Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way – there have been many wars since. And since 1919, on November 11 each year, we honor our veterans. There are approximately 22 million veterans living in the United States, with about 2.6 million from the post-9/11 era and just under 1 million from WWII.

Here are some ways to mark the day:

Veterans Day Ceremonies and Events

2014 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

5 ways to honor veterans beyond Veterans Day

How to Celebrate Veterans Day — If You Aren’t a Veteran

Please support our vets, particularly those who are disabled. Plus, far too many are homeless or  unemployed.

Here are some ways to give back to veterans. Please take care to donate only to legitimate veteran organizations – FTC tells us that there are a lot of scams masquerading as veteran charities and offers tips to ensure that your donation goes to a legitimate source.