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Happy Independence Day!

July fourth, also known as as Independence Day, is a federal holiday which marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 when the United States declared independence from Great Britain.

The tradition of setting off fireworks on the 4 of July began in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, during the first organized celebration of Independence Day. Ship’s cannon fired a 13-gun salute in honor of the 13 colonies.

Fun Facts about July

July's Birthstone: Ruby

July Flower: Larkspur and Water Lily

Astrology Signs for July: Cancer and Leo

A Few other Holidays to Celebrate in July:

American Zoo Day - July 1

Pina Colada Day - July 10

World Emoji Day- July 17

Ways to celebrate the 4th of July with family and friends

See a Fireworks Show

Make Sparklers at Home

Organize a Bike Parade

Wear a Patriotic T-Shirt

Visit an Historic landmark

Volunteer in your Community

More fourth of July Facts:

1. Eating salmon is a July 4 tradition in parts of New England.

2.Small towns in the U.S. typically spend between $8,000 and $15,000 on their fireworks displays.

3.About 16,000 July 4 fireworks displays happen around the country each year.

4. In 1818, new stars and stripes were added to the American flag each July 4 to make the creation of new states.

5. The famed Macy’s fireworks show in New York City uses more than 75,000 fireworks shells and costs about $6 million.

6. George Washington gave his soldiers a double ration of rum to celebrate the July 4 holiday.

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