A July Fourth outing to watch fireworks from the water turned into a disaster Wednesday night when a boat capsized off Long Island, leaving three children dead.
Dry conditions prompt fireworks cancellations; rehearsal for a concert at the National Mall is interrupted by a storm.
People all across America geared up on Wednesday to celebrate Independence Day, a tradition that often includes copious amounts of beer, barbecue, parades and fireworks.
Holiday TV marathons have become almost as great a tradition as Fourth of July fireworks. Wednesday's best bet: TNT's "Dallas" marathon.
There is no credible information that terrorists are plotting an attack to coincide with the Fourth of July holiday, federal law enforcement officials said.
There is no better way to ring in the spring season than with a free pass to the carefree days of childhood when no one could chastise you for a well-executed prank -- as long as it brought a smile to both parties.
Pope Benedict XVI speaks about the need for peace in his Christmas Eve Mass.
A look at why chocolate and wine are good for the heart.
Valentine's Day is terrible for two kinds of people -- those who are single and those who aren't.
Smartphone apps to spice up your Valentine's Day. CNN's Fredricka Whitfield reports.
If you've never been to Mardi Gras, you may think it's all about beads for boobs.
Candy, flowers and bling may dominate Valentine's Day gifts, but this year, one more item is likely to be among the love offerings: heart-shaped pizzas.
For at least one, it became a star-studded lifestyle, replete with million-dollar jewels, agents and a beard insured for six figures. For some it was a calling, heard as early as age 4 or inherited from elders. For others it began for kicks, a one-time silly gig they got roped into and then loved.
The parents of a missing Virginia college student plan to travel to New York on Thursday to assist in his search.
New York celebrates the arrival of 2012.
What color underwear did you wear on New Year's Eve?
CNN's Nadia Bilchik and E.D Hill discuss New Year customs from Scotland to Spain.
The U.S. population is expected to top out at close to 312.8 million people just around the time crowds gather to watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve, according to new census data released Thursday.
The tree is twinkling, carolers are singing, eggnog is flowing and your spouse is ... hunkered down in the other room, counting the seconds until the season is over. Can't he or she just suck it up and make with the merry? After all, who doesn't love the holidays?
The most persistent holiday health myths are based on kernels of truth. Here are often-repeated adages and why they're off the mark.
Hey, big spender. New Year's Eve is coming up fast, but there's still time to think about an unforgettable getaway to usher in 2012.
Featuring more than five Oscar-nominated actors, "New Year's Eve" boasts a star-studded cast. But what happens when there seems to be more people on screen than there are in theaters?
When out on the playground, there arose such a clatter -- because little Tommy told all his classmates there was no such thing as Santa Claus.
Kathryn's story: "Hey!" My 11-year-old daughter bounded out of the kitchen, swinging a miniature pocket watch from a chain. "What's this? Whose is it?" It was hers, and I told her so, but not that it was intended for her Christmas stocking. I had bought it between errands, then dropped it into the groceries, which I had asked her to unload and put away, having forgotten the tiny purchase that had settled to the bottom of the bag. One hundred and three days remained until December 25.
What would Christmas be without Zuzu's petals?
The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was lit by NYC Mayor Bloomberg and Tishman Speyer CEOs Jerry and Rob Speyer.
Occupy protesters across the country celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday, bringing all the trimmings of a traditional meal to the unlikely location of a demonstration.
CNN's Carl Azuz considers how far our nation's Thanksgiving traditions have wandered.
Terrorists could decide to launch attacks during the holiday season but the United States has no evidence any plots are being planned, according to a federal law enforcement intelligence bulletin issued Wednesday.
When someone says "Thanksgiving and apps," you probably think appetizers, not applications.
A tech expert shows you how your smartphone can help you find the best Black Friday deals.
For Anthony Hardwick, Thanksgiving has special meaning. Last year, he proposed to his girlfriend, Denise, in front of her whole family during the holiday.
Yes, Virginia, there was supposed to be a Christmas tree "tax" -- and it's just what the people who will pay the tax wanted. But its fate is as up in the air as Santa's sleigh at midnight.
CNN's Richard Roth reports from Connecticut as his short flight turns into an all-day ordeal.
New Jersey resident Becky Fisher said Tuesday that she's counting the favors she'll now owe her neighbors after a powerful snowstorm left her family and more than a million others without power across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
Feasting on turkey aside, brace yourself for that other Thanksgiving ritual: joining a nationwide mad dash to make it to a family gathering and back in a journey that can exasperate even the most seasoned traveler.
CNN's Karin Caifa has some travel tips to help you navigate the Thanksgiving travel season.
Nothing gets people in the Halloween spirit like group costumes. Teamwork was the finishing touch of many iReporters' outfits -- whether it was a team of green Army men or crayons.
Ninette Sosa give us some tips on how to stay safe this Halloween.
The United States might be in a tricky economic situation, but it won't stop Americans from buying vampire fangs or princess tiaras.
Some children in Washington braved cold and soggy weather Saturday for an early Halloween treat -- a brief visit to the White House.
Tousled hair, a vial of tiger blood and a hefty dose of attitude is all it takes to score a winning costume this Halloween.
CNN talks to students from Ohio University about their campaign to raise awareness about offensive Halloween costumes.
With Halloween on a Monday, there's still the entire weekend to get into the holiday spirit. Decorating the home is a great way to celebrate, especially if you have children or want to postpone the feeding frenzy until next week.
I have no idea why my 3-year-old wants to be a cowboy for Halloween this year, because she won't tell me. That's OK. I don't need to know her reasoning to make it happen.
Thinking about donning a kimono to dress like a geisha for Halloween, or a Mexican mariachi suit?
"It's irreverent and it's lots of fun," the domestic diva says about Whateverland
Bud Selig could feed the homeless and find a way to get hammered for it. He could fly medical supplies to a third-world country and environmental groups would rip him for taking a private plane. Selig has some of the worst p.r. instincts of anybody in sports, so it is not surprising that, faced with a six-inch putt on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, he kicked the ball.
The lousy economy has put a damper on travel plans for this Labor Day weekend, according to a report released Wednesday.
A local parade in Pacific Palisades is enjoyed by daughters Violet and Seraphina
American cyclist Tyler Farrar celebrated his country's Independence Day by winning the third stage of the Tour de France, as teammate Thor Hushovd retained the leader's yellow jersey.
As we celebrate Independence Day at the start of a long hot campaign season, it is worth remembering that patriotism is not the same thing as partisanship.
Dennis Dwyer, a Vietnam veteran, author and tattoo artist, shares why he loves the Fourth of July.
As America celebrates its birthday on July 4, the timeless words of Thomas Jefferson will surely be invoked to remind us of our founding ideals -- that "All men are created equal" and are "endowed by their Creator" with the right to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." These phrases, a cherished part of our history, have rightly been called "American Scripture."
The oohs and aahs of the Independence Day holiday will be more subdued this year in Texas, where months of severe drought have led to restrictions on fireworks across much of the state.
Ah, our magnificent Independence Day approaches. The Fourth of July! Flags flying -- the old red-white-and-blue. Patriotic parades, family picnics, fireworks and oh, no! Ugh! The Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest.
More Americans are staying home for the 4th of July weekend compared to last year, according to a forecast released Wednesday.
Planning to get away this Fourth of July? Better book fast.
On Memorial Day, we thought it might be a good time to take a look at some of the rules for respectfully displaying the American flag, as dictated by the United States Flag Code.
Thinking about taking a break for Memorial Day?
The actress and her new husband Jim Toth celebrate with the kids in Santa Monica
President Barack Obama and his family attended the Easter Sunday service at Shiloh Baptist Church, which was founded by freed slaves in 1863.
CNN's Stan Grant tries to attend a banned Easter church service in Beijing.
There's nothing like causing a huge stir on Facebook and Twitter with 140 characters, but that certainly was the case Thursday when I took to social media to show my disdain for celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
A powerful storm sweeps across Louisiana, bringing at least one tornado and wreaking havoc on Mardi Gras festivities.
So, at this point, the only Valentine's Day cards left on the shelves are going to have dirty jokes or Garfield on them.
Valentine's Day is clearly a gift-getting day for the ladies, but most men hope to get at least some love back as well.
The Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah, is a happenin' place these days. The hometown Utah State Aggies have won 80 of their last 82 games there. The team just completed an 18-game winning streak, one shy of the longest in school history, before losing at Idaho Wednesday night. The Aggies are 12-1 in the WAC and 22-3 overall, with their only other losses coming on the road against BYU and Georgetown. They're currently ranked 21st in the AP poll and 32nd in the RPI.
Christmas may be in December, but January is when retailers purchase Christmas decorations for the upcoming season.
By now, Christmas merrymakers have packed away the decorations and may even have paid off their holiday shopping sprees. But while the rest of us have moved on to Valentine's Day, Cin Davidsen is still surrounded by glittery Christmas ornaments.
The couple are spotted listening to live music at a U.K. pub as they ring in 2011
The boy bands, who performed together New Year's Eve, plan a joint tour for 2011
From morning workouts to nighttime Z's, the TV host breaks down goals for 2011
Celeb favorite, DJ Vice shares his top 10 picks to ring in 2011
From NYC to L.A., Vegas to Miami, the parties will rock and the celebs will be hosting, performing and more!
The number of minors treated in hospital emergency rooms for drinking on New Year's Day 2009 was nearly four times the average daily figure, according to a federal study.
It's New Year's Eve, and you're parked in front of your television with a bottle of stale champagne, watching the ball drop ... again. Wouldn't you rather be cruising the open seas or riding a roller coaster?
The Vatican celebrates Christmas with a traditional midnight mass.
My husband, children and I stopped by an Amish friend's house on our way to visit some relatives in Michigan recently. Since December is so busy for everyone, I was thankful that my friend had time to see us.
If Christmas shopping has left you wearied and holiday jingles are jangling your very last nerves, there's one sure way to restore your Christmas spirit: Put down those shopping bags, warm up some cocoa and settle in with a Christmas movie.
CNN's Ivan Watson explores the hometown of the man who inspired the legend of Santa Claus.
The hometown of the man who inspired the legend of Santa Claus is a long way from the snow and arctic lights of the North Pole.
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a computer mouse. 'Cause y'all are checking your work e-mail on your BlackBerrys under the dining room table.
A popular online video tells the story of the birth of Jesus through Google searches, tweets and Facebook updates.
'Tis the season to be jolly, and unfortunately, to toss also out a lot of trash.
The government's air defense system tracks Santa's progress on Christmas Eve. The United States Postal Service even accepts letters to the North Pole.
There's Rudolph and Frosty, the Grinch and Charlie... Ralphie, George Bailey, Clark Griswold and Buddy. But do you recall the geekiest holiday specials and movies of all?
The big banks are logging record profits and doling out sky-high bonuses. But celebration doesn't come free this holiday season: Some Wall Streeters must pay to attend their own holiday parties.
As Halloween brings trick-or-eating time back again, frightening foodies and gobbling ghouls will appreciate the spooky spoils of the season.
The singer whips up a vegan-friendly feast in a New York City hotel for Eric Johnson and family
Julianne Moore, Meredith Vieria, Matthew Perry and more celebs share the side dishes and belly rubs that keep them happy on Turkey Day
Plus, Gwyneth Paltrow, Crystal Bowersox and Tommy Lee dish on what makes the season special to them
The Obama's kick off their Thanksgiving holiday by handing out food baskets at Washington food pantry Martha's Table.
Only two weeks into the adoption, Mordecai and Fiona are already exhibiting distinct personalities.
President Obama pardonned two turkeys, Apple and Cider, from winding up as the feast at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Halloween might as well be sponsored by MTV this year.
The Disney star will remain at the treatment facility where she's making "tremendous progress"
â¢ Despite the haunted house setting and all the costumes, there was no disguising the affection between Reese Witherspoon and agent beau Jim Toth. The pair hung out at a Creative Artists Agency Halloween bash at a private home in L.A., and they were "being adorable and affectionate," a guest says. The couple drank Don Julio margaritas throughout the night and chatted with Toth's work friends, though they were never far apart. As for their costumes, Witherspoon was dressed as a Harajuku girl while Toth dressed like a punk.
The pair spent hours talking at a party, but a source says they are not dating
Some perspective here: On Tuesday, some 37 percent of Americans are expected to turn out to vote. On Sunday, some 66 percent of Americans celebrated Halloween.
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