Yvonne Abraham

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Abraham is a Metro columnist. Her work appears on Thursdays and Sundays.

Thomas Farragher

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Farragher is a Globe columnist and associate editor. He spent eight years as editor of the Spotlight Team.

Adrian Walker

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Walker has been a columnist for the Metro section since 1998. His column runs Mondays and Wednesdays.

Special reports

The house at 212 Forest St.

He bought the fencing coach’s house. Then his son got into Harvard

The Needham house was assessed at $549,300, but sold for nearly a million dollars. The buyer, who never lived a day there, would sell it 17 months later at a substantial loss in what may become the next chapter in the national debate over fairness in college admissions.

Latest July Fourth 2017 headlines

Marijuana dos and don’ts for the Fourth of July

If you’re bringing pot to the pot-luck in Mass., make sure it doesn’t weigh more than an ounce (a little more than 28 grams).

Your 1918 Boston Red Sox.

1918 World Series key in US love affair with national anthem

How did the “The Star Spangled Banner” become a standard part of American sports games for the better part of a century?

Boston, MA - 07/04/2016 - People lie out in the sun during Independence Day celebrations neat the Hatch Shell along the Charles River Esplanade in Boston, MA, July 4, 2016. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff)

What’s open, closed on July Fourth

How will Independence Day affect your routine?

An original copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on display in Boston on July 4

The Commonwealth Museum in Dorchester will display the document Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Keith Lockhart will conduct his 23rd Fourth concert at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.

The Pops are running the show on the Fourth

Taking over from David Mugar, the Pops have a new broadcast partner as well as plans to enhance the show’s patriotic spirit.

Parades, fireworks light up Greater Boston for July 4th

Celebrate the nation’s birth in Salem, Concord, Braintree and cities and towns in between.

Going to the Esplanade on July 4?

Where should you get off the T? What can you bring? When do the fireworks start? We have you covered.

Fourth of July fireworks exploded over the Charles River and Esplanade, as seen from the roof of Boston University at 33 Harry Agganis Way in 2015.

Six spots (off the Esplanade) to watch the fireworks

Not everyone’s Fourth of July plans include arriving at the Esplanade at 10 a.m. in hopes of snagging the perfect spot.

Officials said a multiagency security plan will be operating Tuesday during the Boston Pops performance and fireworks show on the Esplanade.

No threat seen to Boston Fourth of July celebrations

There are no known threats to this weekend’s Independence Day celebrations, officials said Friday.

Boston, MA 7/3/2014 The Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular over the Charles River taken from the roof of Boston University's Dorm at 33 Agganis Way on Thursday July 3, 2014. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff)

Fourth of July events south of Boston

A sampling of Fourth of July celebrations in the communities south of Boston.

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

Want to watch the fireworks at home on the Fourth? Here’s how

You can stay in your hammock and watch the Pops — or just listen — from most anywhere.

Space could be tight at this popular Arlington fireworks-viewing spot

Arlington officials said that ongoing work at Robbins Farm Park may limit places to sit to watch the Boston fireworks.

‘Workations’ blur line between jobs and time off

The ability to stay connected to co-workers 24/7 is invading vacation time in a big way.

Cape-bound traffic typically ramps up on Thursday and gets worse on Friday before peaking on Saturday.

It’s probably going to be a very, very busy traffic weekend on Cape Cod

And it may be too late to beat the rush.

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Dave Epstein

July 4 is getting close. What will the weather be like?

Friday looks like a day with a lot of clouds and possible thunderstorms. Saturday is looking like a great beach day.

Public safety officials gearing up for a secure Fourth of July

Expect security to be tight on the Charles River Esplanade.

Boston MA 7/4/16 The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2016 from the roof of Boston University's 33 Harry Agganis Way on Monday July 4, 2016. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee) topic: reporter:

Here’s a list of upcoming fireworks displays in Massachusetts

You don’t have to wait for the Fourth of July to see fireworks in Massachusetts.