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For the more than 328 million people who call the United States of America home, July 4 is an exciting holiday. Independence Day celebrates American freedom and everything that makes the U.S. such a unique and beautiful country. The Fourth of July has a lot to offer in terms of celebrations, traditions, and community gatherings, and there's no shortage of fun to be had when summer's biggest holiday comes around.

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1. Declaration of Independence

The Fourth of July recognizes the signing of the Declaration of Independence, a significant moment in American history. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress successfully voted to become independent from Great Britain, and two days after that, the Declaration of Independence was adopted and signed by delegates representing the 13 colonies. Philosopher and Founding Father Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration and later became the third President of the U.S. Every year since the original signing, July 4 has been a cause for celebration.

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