Good afternoon. I hope you've enjoyed a restful day, with fireworks to come.
Workers are quitting their jobs again, a sign of confidence in the economy and a very good reason to feel optimistic on Independence Day.
Why it matters: "Job-switchers saw roughly 30% larger annual pay increases in May than those who stayed put over the past 12 months..."
The big picture: 2018 is the first year on record that the U.S. has more available jobs than people looking for jobs.
Be smart: We're still expecting major job losses from automation, without a solid answer for what we'll do about it.
A young boy rides a toy firetruck during the Harper Street Parade in Newberry, South Carolina. The event, beginning as a small bicycle gathering with less than thirty children, attracted 4,000 people last year. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images
A young girl waves the American flag during the Independence Eve at Civic Center Park in Denver. Photo: Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images
The AP catalogues today's noteworthy celebrations:
Takeru Kobayashi and Joey Chestnut. Photo: Bobby Bank/WireImage
Joey Chestnut, human freak of nature, broke his own world record today by eating 74 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.
Top women's finisher Miki Sudo ate 37.