July 4th

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Over 200 people gathered around the steps of City Hall in Dover this morning for a special July 4th tradition: a reading of the Declaration of Independence by actors portraying John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson.

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  New Hampshire is marking Independence Day with parades, ceremonies and readings of the Declaration of Independence.

Governor Maggie Hassan will take part in a reading of the Declaration at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth this afternoon.

In Dover, actors from the Garrison Players theater group read the Declaration while portraying some of those who pushed for Independence.

4th of July Fireworks
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 Already postponed once, the town of Rochester has now canceled its 2014 Independence Day fireworks.   The police department announced on its Facebook page that high winds made it too dangerous to stage the fireworks on Saturday night. Heavy rains on Friday forced the town to push it to Saturday.  The rain and winds connected to Hurricane Arthur helped postpone fireworks celebrations around New England.   

Michael Samuels


A Bedford coffee roaster offers a different kind of buzz.

“Our country is a nation on the make,” according to historian Walter McDougall. He says we’re builders, dreamers, go-getters, inventers and organizers, so much so that "hustling" has become an indelible part of the American character and American history. He means it in all senses of the word, even going back as far as colonists's first arrival on American soil.

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The Currency is our ongoing look at economic and business news in New Hampshire. 

Fireworks Industry Thrives In N.H. Amid Loose Regulations

Backyard pyrotechnics are a favorite—and legal—way for Granite Staters to celebrate the Fourth of July.  And the fireworks lobby has been fighting to not only keep them legal, but to deregulate them. 

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For some New Hampshire residents, the Fourth of July means it’s time for fireworks in the backyard. The state has long been one of the few states in the region to allow this practice.  But this year it's causing new safety concerns because more dangerous types of fireworks are now on sale.