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History of the Fourth of July
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Did You Know ...
Fireworks Safety
Patriotic Films
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The July 4th holiday is often marked with picnics, parades, fireworks, and family time. The day honors the birthday of this great nation and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. It’s a day when we can honor the pioneers who came before us, under one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Patriotic Films

When you think of Independence Day, usually activities like hosting a barbecue, setting off fireworks, and watching a parade come to mind. But why not watch some of the most patriotic movies to ever grace the silver screen and get fired up this 4th of July? Here’s a list of must-see movies that salute our country and our people’s undying spirit of determination.

* Air Force One
Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he (an ex-soldier) works from hiding to defeat them.

* Apollo 13
The true story of a moon-bound mission that developed severe trouble, and the men that rescued it with skill and dedication.

* Armageddon
When an asteroid the size of Texas is headed for Earth the world's best deep core drilling team is sent to nuke the rock from the inside.

* Black Hawk Down
Elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.

* Born On The 4th Of July
This is a biographic film about Ron Kovic. Paralyzed in the Vietnam War, he becomes an anti-war and pro-human rights political activist after feeling betrayed by the country he fought for.

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Fireworks Safety

Fireworks are a staple of the Fourth of July holiday. However, if you don't practice proper safety, they're down right dangerous for you and those you're celebrating with. Check out the best safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe. Click here for more.

Did You Know ...

* On July 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.

* In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million.

* Twelve places have “independence” in their name. The most populous of these is Independence, Mo., with 109,400 residents.

* There is one place named “patriot” - Patriot, Ind., with a population of 192.

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