Fireworks, marching bands, and a mass of people parading down the streets carrying the American flag. With these sights and sounds, only one thing comes to mind: the 4th of July. The United States celebrates Independence Day to commemorate the country’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, every July 4 of the year thereafter is declared as a federal holiday—meaning, it’s the perfect time for picnics, concerts, political speeches, family reunions, and other similar celebrations

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