This is my forecast for July 4th; I hope you enjoy a safe and happy holiday. Know that there could be a few passing showers and rumbles of thunder in the early afternoon, but they should clear in time for sky shows everywhere.
If you're an early riser, there's a reason to get up even if have the day off. In a near curtain call of their appearance a few months ago, Venus and Jupiter will be visible side-by-side again. But this time, it will be in the pre-dawn sky. Look east around 5:30 and you'll see the bright pair:
Meanwhile, perhaps in a nod to our marking Independence, the sun released a spectacular solar flare Monday. You can see the video here: www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html.