Happy Fourth of July! It’s the perfect time for the latest installment of Federalism in Action’s Top 3 Local blog series. If you’re new here, each Friday, we find 3 of the top stories from across the web that showcase local people making local decisions. We provide you with the best examples of “Federalism in Action” happening around the country, so you never miss a thing.

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FOR FUN: Best Small Towns for Fourth of July Celebrations

The Fourth of July is one of America’s most cherished holidays. It represents freedom and opportunity and is a reminder of the courage of our founders as they declared independence from tyrannical rule. Americans celebrate this holiday in unique ways, whether it’s with family members at a cookout, downtown at a local parade, or a fireworks display on Main Street. Yahoo! Travel recently posted a fun piece highlighting the seven best American small towns for local Fourth of July festivities. How does your community celebrate this national holiday? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

FOR MOTIVATION: Federal Transportation Funding More Uncertain than ever

We’ve talked before, on our Federalism 101 blog, about the looming problems facing states as the federal government’s Highway Trust Fund goes broke. Unless Congress takes action (haven’t we heard that before?), states will have to put transportation projects on hold during the summer months. Summer is a critical time for the road renovations. This funding dilemma is yet another reason why states should be wary of depending on the federal government to fund projects and keep their promises.

FOR INSPIRATION: Nine States Sue Feds

States are not happy with the EPA’s recent proposal for new climate rules. In coal producing states, like Kentucky and West Virginia, the new rules would be devastating to local and state economies. This week, nine states are joining a lawsuit with Murray Energy against the EPA, arguing that the EPA is using an “‘extraordinary’ exertion of its authority.”

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