LA Times: An American 4th of July


Matt Herrington, 60, a self-described conservative who lives in Huntington Beach, said he tries to leave politics out of the Fourth of July, saying it shouldn’t be tainted by a politically fractured nation

“Today is a day where we are all red, white and blue,” he said. “People have to remember that we are all here as a group of people.”


At a time of political divisions, a show of unity at Surf City parade

Minutes before taking part in Surf City’s Independence Day parade – a display of old Americana with quirky spectacles such as a diminutive dog with a flag-colored mohawk – Oscar Rodriguez couldn’t help but feel patriotic.