Independence Day – 4th July

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Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, celebrates the Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1776. It happens (as one might expect) on the 4th of July every year, and is observed legally on the closest Monday or Friday.

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The long weekend in the middle of summer means that Fourth of July weekend is often a time for outdoor fun; you don’t think much about American history that day other than wearing and decorating with red, white, and blue, and probably eating a cake with an American flag on top.

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There are big fireworks displays across the country and people throw raucous parties and barbecues. It’s generally a high point in summer to look forward to and maybe travel to a beach or the countryside.