The Deliciously Complex Science That Makes Barbecue So Tasty

Here in the U.S., it's the last day of a three-day weekend that's synonymous with barbecue. Anyone can try his or her hand at barbecuing; hell, all you need is meat, a grill, and some open sky to sully with fragrant food-smoke. But there's some mouth-wateringly complex science involved in that process, as the folks at » 7/06/14 3:00pm 7/06/14 3:00pm

​First-Aid: How To Treat Fireworks Related Burns And Injuries

Did you know July 4 is the busiest day of the year for firefighters and emergency rooms? Here's how to treat fireworks-related injuries. Everyone should read this by Friday. » 7/04/14 9:01pm 7/04/14 9:01pm

What Are Your Favorite Fireworks?

Readers, I have a confession. Having grown up in the puritanical state of Massachusetts where even sparklers are illegal, I knew fireworks only as explosions in the far-off sky. I did not know fireworks were things ordinary people could buy, touch, and maim themselves with. » 7/03/14 5:40pm 7/03/14 5:40pm

How To Take Fireworks Photos With Your Phone

It just wouldn't be the Fourth of July without the climactic boom of fireworks. If you want to keep that memory all year—or at least share it with all of your friends on Instagram—these tips will help you get lovely photos with your phone, even if you're not a pro. » 7/03/14 1:28pm 7/03/14 1:28pm

36 Cheap American Beers, Ranked

I realize you're going to spend Independence Day happily drinking whatever cold beer you're served, because you're polite and you're an alcoholic. And I trust you'll have a fine old time no matter what you drink. But that doesn't mean America's shitbrews are all the same. The list below breaks down 36 of them, from… » 7/03/13 6:07pm 7/03/13 6:07pm

Shooting Challenge: FIREWORKS!!!

The Fourth of July is tomorrow. And as usual, we'll celebrate our nation's independence (sorry international readers) by blowing up a small chunk of it. So get out your cameras and document the beautiful idiocy. » 7/03/12 2:40pm 7/03/12 2:40pm

Express Your Patriotism With This ANSI Art

It's Fourth of July here in the states. While most Americans are celebrating with non-stop food, beer and fireworks, Barry Ritholtz took a break from the festivities to create this ingenious ANSI art. Amazingly, this creation only uses 100 characters so it's Twitter-safe and perfect for some re-Tweet love this holiday… » 7/04/11 4:30pm 7/04/11 4:30pm

How to Photograph Fireworks (The Right Way)

What sort of July 4th would it be without big bang boom fireworks? But when you take pictures of them, how come it never looks good? The Smithsonian's Bigger Picture has culled some tips on how to properly shoot fireworks. » 7/04/11 3:00pm 7/04/11 3:00pm

The Worst Fireworks Safety Advice You'll Ever Get

Happy Independence Day! Before doing your constitutionally mandated duty of blowing things up—or watching things get blown up by professionals, if you live in a boring state—make sure you're caught up on these finer points of fireworks safety. » 7/04/10 6:00pm 7/04/10 6:00pm

This 21-Gun Salute To America Blows Fireworks Away

You want fireworks for the Fourth? Oh, I've got some fireworks for you—21 crazy boomsticks, in fact. All in honor of our nation's 233 birthday. » 7/03/09 4:00pm 7/03/09 4:00pm

NASA Shows Off Fireworks In Space

Before we completely bid adieu to our nation's birthday, we here at Gizmodo would like to give one more shout-out to the fourth of July. Seems like even the stars in the sky can't resist putting up a display for good ol' American freedom. These red-white-and-blue pictures of Supernova remnant SN 1006 are what's left… » 7/05/08 10:00am 7/05/08 10:00am

10 Gadgety Reasons Why I Love America

With an unpopular war going on, an unpopular president in the White House and an economy in crisis, sometimes we struggle to remember what makes this country great. July 4th should be a time to reflect on the positives-a day to celebrate our independence and recapture our patriotic spirit. For some of us, that may be… » 7/03/08 4:12pm 7/03/08 4:12pm

Best Dog Suit Ever

Take your pup out to the July 4th festivities in this Croc-Eat-Dog Suit, and show your fellow Americans he's not only a cooperative little mutt, but he's also some doggone good eatin'. » 7/04/07 10:21am 7/04/07 10:21am