Happy Fourth of July!

With much of the area either off or on vacation (so many folks are at the Jersey, Delaware or Maryland shore, that its like a seaside reunion), we too are enjoying some downtime this week, scattered to various parts of the globe. As great weather is forecast — if you couldn’t get away — get outside, away from your screens (even smartphones), fire up the grill, enjoy a cold beverage and maybe...

AAA: 47 million expected to travel this week for holiday

A record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday, an increase of more than five percent compared with last year and the highest number since AAA started tracking 18 years ago. For the 39.7 million Americans planning a Fourth of July road trip, INRIX, a global transportation analytics company, predicts travel times in the most congested...

Happy Fourth of July!

From all of us at The Times — have a happy, fun and safe Fourth of July. Enjoy your holiday with friends and family — put down the tablet, smartphone or computer and enjoy the warm weather and fun. We’ll be back later in the week.

Officials: Have fun, but stay safe for 4th weekend

While the Fourth of July means fireworks, fun, outdoor grilling and more, state and local officials are reminding everyone not to ignore safety in preparing for their celebrations — or travel – this long holiday weekend. Although long a staple of holiday weekend celebrations, fireworks can be deadly, state officials warn, and should only be used in legal manner by responsible adults.

What To Do: Celebrating America’s birthday

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Freedom Fest Independence Day Weekend is here – a long weekend with the hot weather that traditionally accompanies it. Area residents know that the arrival of the multi-day holiday weekend means it is time for two of Chester County’s longest-running and most popular Independence Day events — Downingtown Good Neighbor Day (Kerr Park, Downingtown, 610-285-1119,...

What To Do: get fired up for the Fourth!

Fireworks, fun and festivals highlight holiday weekend By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times Freedom Fest will light up the skies over Nottingham. Independence Day Weekend is here — along with the hot weather that usually accompanies it. Area residents know that the arrival of the long holiday weekend means it is time for two of Chester County’s longest-running and most popular Independence...

Have a great Fourth of July weekend, but be smart and be safe

With mostly good weather forecast (the lone concern is a chance of serious thunderstorms Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service) most area residents who haven’t opted to head out of town are likely ready for fun with friends and family over the long holiday weekend. But — as state and local officials advise — a little bit of caution and common sense can keep the holiday festivities...

Firefighters advise extreme caution with fireworks

COATESVILLE – Independence Day, unfortunately, is one of the busiest days of the year for fire fighters. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), more fires are reported on the Fourth of July than on any other day of the year, and two out of five are fireworks-related incidents. IAFF Local 3790 advises that the best way to enjoy fireworks and prevent injury is to watch a professional...

AAA: Fourth of July 2016 likely to have highest traffic volume ever

Chester County, you know you’re not staying home this weekend. Whether you’d headed down the shore, off to see relatives or just ready to get out of town for a few days, according to AAA, fewer of you than ever will skip a “staycation” this coming long weekend. Americans will take more trips than ever this Independence Day weekend. The nearly 43 million people projected to...

Brandywine Valley Wine Trail plans holiday ‘Big Bang’

The wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail are looking forward to celebrating the Fourth of July with their annual “Big Bang” BBQ Weekend on June 30 and July 1 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Enjoy a rousing Fourth of July Weekend with great BBQ & Wine outings at the wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail. Seven family-owned and operated regional wineries of the Brandywine Valley...