8 things to know about the 4th of July

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1. Fourth of July, has been a state-declared holiday since the 1941.

2. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence and 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

3. The entire country on this day celebrates with fireworks, parades and concerts.

4.Fun Fact: In the summer of 1776, the colonists celebrated the day of Independence by holding mock funerals for King George II, as a way of celebrating the end of Monarchy.

5.The oldest continuous Independence Day parade has been held every year since 1785, in Bristol, Rhode Island.

6.New York has the largest fireworks display in the country, using more than 22 tonnes of explosives to adorn the sky.

7.Patriotic songs such as the national anthem, ‘God Bless America’ and ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’ are sung with lyrics recounting the American Revolution.

8.The President Donald Trump will take to Lincoln Memorial, where he will address the nation from a red, white and blue stage.

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