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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.
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.
“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.