July 4th Celebrations

Defiant South Bay Fireworks Fans Ignore Law, Fire Risk to Light Up Their FourthAcross San Jose the sky was brightened by illegal fireworks Thursday despite a renewed push from city leaders to crack down on the Fourth of July tradition.
San Leandro Cops Seize Hundreds of Pounds of Illegal FireworksSan Leandro police spokesman Lt. Robert McManus said the fireworks likely would have been sold on the streets or in local parks had police not intercepted them.
Bay Area July Fourth Fireworks And ParadesAcross the Bay Area, communities will be celebrating the Fourth of July with parades, picnics and fireworks shows. Here'a rundown.
America Celebrates July 4 with Fireworks, Parades, SalutesWith backyard barbecues and fireworks, Americans celebrated Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that expressed pride in their country's 242nd birthday.
Fourth Of July Recipes: Set And Forget Hors d'OeuvresGet ready to wow the crowd this Fourth of July with these simple make ahead hors d'oeuvre. These wallet-friendly recipes are a great way to feed a big crowd with minimal effort. Chips and dip just took on a whole new meaning with our compilation of bold flavors and fresh ingredients.
America's Best Fourth Of July ParadesA preview of five of America's best Fourth of July parades
Top 5 San Francisco Places To Find Craft Beer For Your 4th of July Backyard BBQNothing says 4th of July like fireworks, BBQ and brew. Don't be lazy when it comes to your beer selection; not just any mix of water, barley, hops and yeast will due. San Francisco is not shy when it comes to seasonal selections of craft beer that will accent your eating alfresco experience...
7 Best July 4th Summer Wedding TrendsStart planning your July 4th summer wedding with these trendy ideas.
Best July Fourth Party Decorations & SuppliesThere are lots of ways to decorate for the Fourth of July on a budget. Here are seven ideas to spark your inner decorator.

Summer Fun

Father’s Day Excerpt: 'Things My Son Needs to Know About the World'Father’s Day is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate the dad(s) in our lives than by reflecting on the trials and triumphs of fatherhood?
The Gentle Art Of Swedish Spring CleaningDiscover tips for this year's spring cleaning efforts from Simon& Schuster author Margareta Magnusson.
This Is What California Taxpayers Are Most Worried About This Tax SeasonFind out what people in your area are excited about and scared about this tax season.
Top Spots In The Bay Area To Say Goodbye To SummerHello sunshine, T-shirts and sandals! Shed a couple of layers as the fog retreats, welcoming the end of summer in San Francisco. This is one city where temperatures rise as we head for the far side of Labor Day, even as the heat cools off elsewhere around the Bay Area.
5 End Of Summer Trips To TakeMake some summertime memories before the school year begins. Here are a few last-minute trip ideas for the whole family.
Ask An Expert: How To Keep Your Pet Cool This SummerWhile heat and San Francisco summers don't go hand-in-hand, a few minutes' drive north, south or east of the city can find a very different climate with significantly higher temperatures. As you peel off layers of clothing to adjust your own comfort levels, remember that our furry friends need assistance to cool down as temperatures heat up.
Best Summer Food: Hot Dog vs HamburgersWhat is truly the best food of the summer? Is it hot dogs or hamburgers? Test your friends in this fun backyard barbecue party idea.
5 Cities To Visit Before Summer Ends5 suggested American cities to visit before the last days of summer
Take A Deep Breath It's Back To School Time!