Things to do in Phoenix for July 4th; Are you a saver? Inflation isn't helping; Republicans argue over push for abortion ban

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A look at some of today's top stories, the weather forecast and a peek back in history.

From road trips to pool parties, fireworks to river tubing, this is your guide to the very best things to do over July 4th weekend in metro Phoenix.

Savers haven’t suffered actual losses like stock market investors, but inflation devalues their accounts.

Two Republican Arizona lawmakers got into a heated confrontation over abortion restrictions as the Legislature's session was winding down last month.

Today, you can expect it to be sunshine, with a high near 102 degrees. A thunderstorm in spots in the evening; otherwise, mainly clear at night, with a low near 85 degrees. Get the full forecast here.

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Today in history

  • On this date in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

  • In 1826, 50 years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.

  • In 1910, in what was billed as “The Fight of the Century,” Black world heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson defeated white former champ James J. Jeffries in Reno, Nevada.

  • In 1939, Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees delivered his famous farewell speech in which he called himself “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

  • In 1976, America celebrated its bicentennial with daylong festivities; President Gerald R. Ford made stops in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Independence Hall in Philadelphia and New York, where more than 200 ships paraded up the Hudson River in Operation Sail.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: AZ Briefing: Best things to do in metro Phoenix for July 4th