DC promises a 'very, very robust' police presence to maintain public safety over July 4 holiday
With a flood of visitors and tourists expected, officials in the nation’s capital are mobilizing additional police officers and dozens of teams of civilian peacekeepers in an attempt to keep rising violent crime rates from marring the holiday weekend.
Watch live: Officials provide update on suspect in deadly mass shooting in Illinois
Police say Robert E. Crimo, the suspected gunman who targeted an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, fired more than 70 rounds and evaded initial capture by blending into the fleeing crowd, disguising himself in women’s clothing. Crimo was originally identified as a person of interest, but authorities said formal charges are expected to be filed later Tuesday.
PHOTOS/ VIDEOS: Aftermath of deadly mass shooting at Fourth of July parade in northern Chicago suburb
A day that was supposed to be filled with laughter quickly turned into fear after a rooftop shooter targeted a crowd of people attending a Fourth of July Parade Monday in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, according to law enforcement.
AAA Texas Independence Day travel forecast. Here’s what to expect, best times to travel
Americans are feeling the heat at the gas pump, but studies show that won’t keep them parked. According to AAA Texas, 42 million Americans will hit the roads this Fourth of July weekend, despite the high gas prices.
A new way for families to spend the Fourth of July
Thursday at 3:00 p.m. on Houston Life, we’re live to show you a new way for your family to spend the Fourth of July. We’re live as setup is underway for the 2022 Liberty Fest in Southwest Houston. We’ll introduce you to the food vendors, get a demonstration from a Shakira look-a-like performer, plus the best way for you and your family to catch the fireworks! That’s Thursday at 3:00 p.m. on KPRC 2.
‘Freedom Over Texas’: Entertainment lineup, more details released for ‘in-person’ return of July 4 celebration
Mayor Sylvester Turner was joined by various community leaders and sponsors at City Hall Tuesday to announce details for the in-person return of Houston’s official Fourth of July celebration, “Freedom Over Texas.”
What exactly was Mark Zuckerberg riding in that viral Fourth of July video?
If you’ve been scrolling around on social media this month, then you may have noticed that over the Fourth of July weekend, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg was riding on some sort of wakeboard on a lake with an American flag in tow.
Holiday weekend forecast: Hazy and humid with a dash of storms
Sunday will see another day of mid to upper 90s, feeling more like the low 100s so be ready for some shade and A/C, you’ll need it in the afternoon! Expect a VERY slight rain chance tonight with higher chances tomorrow into Monday and the highest rain chance for the week on Tuesday. Storms for Mon-Tue before more heat moves in late weekFor today plan to drink plenty of water as the actual temperature heads fairly quickly into the upper 80s and low 90s before topping out in the upper 90s this afternoon. Sunday 10-day forecastThe rain chances increase as we start the week into Wednesday, which will drop our high temperatures into the low 90s for a couple of days. We start drying out by Wednesday and that means the temperatures will head back up to the upper 90s by next weekend.
Over 300 firefighters quarantined; HFD chief asks people to skip fireworks due to staffing strain
HOUSTON – The coronavirus is adding strain to the Houston Fire Department, according to a news release. More than 300 Houston firefighters are in quarantine because of potential exposure to COVID-19, according to the release. “The number of firefighters unavailable to report for duty further reduces the availability of personnel and creates an extreme strain on the department,” the release said. “We will respond when called, but I also encourage citizens to help us by following health and safety protocols during the current public health crisis,” Peña said. Do not use fireworks during the July 4th holiday weekend because they can cause fires and create an additional strain on our resources.”
What you need to know about firework safety for Fourth of July
HOUSTON – Officials informed Houston residents on how to stay safe ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. The Houston Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office held a news conference at 10 a.m. regarding fireworks. During that conference, people were reminded that fireworks are dangerous and illegal to use within city limits and some parts of Harris County. If you plan on setting off fireworks, follow these safety guidelines:Follow the law. Make sure fireworks are legal in your community.
REWIND: See Houston’s annual Fourth of July celebration, Freedom Over Texas
HOUSTON – Freedom Over Texas, Houston’s annual Fourth of July celebration, will continue this year but without public activities or public access due to the coronavirus pandemic. The firework event will still be held at Buffalo Bayou and Sam Houston parks. Freedom Over Texas 2020 Freedom Over Texas, Houston’s annual Fourth of July celebration, will continue this year but without public activities or public access due to the coronavirus pandemic. Let us never forget what it means to be in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Freedom Over Texas will feature a lineup of live and virtual entertainers.
Fireworks sales begin in Texas on Wednesday
HOUSTON – 'Tis the season for fireworks. Wednesday is the first day of fireworks sales for the Fourth of July season. “We have a wide variety of products for everything you want to do,” said Sue Davis, who works at one of the Top Dog locations. “If you’re going to have a big show with everybody, wear your mask, social-distance, wash your hands, be safe,” Davis said. The last day to buy fireworks is midnight, July 4th.
South County 4th of July parade canceled in The Woodlands for 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns
The South County 4th of July Committee and Market Street announced in a statement Thursday that its 44th annual “Stars and Stripes Forever” Fourth of July parade is canceled this year due to coronavirus concerns. “The South County 4th of July Committee along with Market Street announce with great sadness, the cancellation of the 44th Annual 4th of July Parade, ‘Stars & Stripes Forever’ due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” organizers said in release. “With the potential of over 20,000 spectators and 200 volunteers gathering along the parade route through Town Center and Market Street, holding the parade would not be in the best interest of health and safety for our community.”Organizers said they look forward to resuming the parade in 2021. The annual parade dates back to the late 1970’s when it was originally organized by The Woodlands Lions Club. The South County 4th of July Committee was formed in the 1990′s.
Fourth of July festivities throughout Greater Houston
Parking passes are required for onsite parking and can be obtained at sugarlandtx.gov/july4 while supplies last. "To maximize on-site parking, we are offering an opportunity to reserve a free parking pass from the Imperial Park Recreation Center. Onsite event parking lots will open at 4 p.m. In addition to onsite parking, free shuttle service will be available at various off-site parking locations. Shuttles will run continuously from 4:30 p.m. to midnight from Mercer Stadium, located at 16403 Lexington Blvd, the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, located at 18111 Lexington Blvd., and University of Houston Sugar Land, located at 14000 University Blvd.
Youth coach groped children in Disney resort pool, deputies say
ORLANDO, Fla. – A man has been arrested by the Orange County Sheriff's Office in connection with the groping of children at Disney’s Pop Century Resort over the Fourth of July holiday. A 7-year-old boy told police that a man grabbed him three times while he was swimming in a pool at the Walt Disney World resort, according to authorities. According to an Orange County Sheriff's Office incident report, the boy and his parents told deputies that Groth grabbed the boy's buttocks. The boy told authorities that he told the man to stop and leave him alone after his buttocks were touched the first time, the report said. The Sheriff's Office said the children identified Groth from a photo and also spotted him after being taken to a baseball field at Disney.