Today I will be out ‘on assignment’ at the Nathan’s Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY. Stay tuned next week when I’ll report back with some pictures and recollections of this glorious day.

The odds are favoring Joey Chestnut to defend his title right now, but we will soon find out if America will prevail over Japan on its 232nd birthday. Watch it live at Noon EST on ESPN.

In the mean time, I present for your Independence Day enjoyment probably the most expensive “fireworks” display in history. $45 million worth of Uncle Sam’s cash going up in flames in the form of an unmanned rocket carrying a satellite. God Bless America!

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