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U.S. Inside/Background

4th of July / Independence Day

The date symbolizes the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
It is a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks.
The flying of the American flag (which also occurs on Memorial Day and other holidays) is widespread.
On July 4, 1976, the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence was marked by grand festivals across the nation.

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