The Fourth of July

Independence Day Baby!

History of July 4th

Variously known as the Fourth of July and Independence Day, July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with typical festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
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Humor Section

Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell?
Yeah, it cracked me up!

What did one flag say to the other flag?

Nothing. It just waved!

What’s red, white, blue, and green?
A patriotic turtle!

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Holiday Foods

The fourth of July is all about one thing: firing up the barbeque! Hamburgers and hotdogs are the most common. However, people also smoke ribs and even whole pigs! No barbeque is complete without the trimmings: potato salad, mac and cheese, baked beans, butter beans, fries, corn on the cob, and fruit.

Fun and Games

Shooting off fireworks is the most common form of entertainment on the fourth of July. Fireworks have been traditionally used in celebrations and festivities dating all the way back to 7th century China.
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My Best Fourth of July

I celebrated my favorite fourth of July in 2005 celebrating with my fiance and soon to be wife Lacey. We would be married a little over a week later. We barbequed with friends and family and just had a great time.