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8 Fun Fourth of July Facts

3. July 2012 by Christy 0 Comments

Tomorrow, Americans will celebrate Independence Day, the anniversary of the day America declared independence from England. Here are 8 things to know about this patriotic holiday also known as the 4th of July.

July 4, 1776: The day America declared independence. The United States has been its own nation for 236 years.

The Declaration of Independence: The document America’s founding fathers signed saying that America was no longer under the rule of Great Britain. Britain disagreed, of course, and the two countries fought a war over it.

Fireworks, parades, barbecues, and fairs: Some of the many ways Americans celebrate this fun-filled day.

Red, white, and blue: The colors of the American flag and the color scheme of many 4th of July decorations. Many people also wear red, white, and blue clothing or clothes showing the American flag.

Sparklers: A fun, relatively harmless firework commonly seen on the 4th of July. Children enjoy sparklers.

"The Star-Spangled Banner and "God Bless America': Patriotic songs commonly heard at firework shows and 4th of July festivities.

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest: A hot dog eating contest held each year on the 4th of July. Last year’s winner ate 62 hot dogs and buns.

A Capital Fourth: A free concert performed on the lawn of United States Capital Building. More than half a million people attend the concert, and millions more tune in via television or radio.

If you see an American man on Hot Russian Brides or Russian Love Match tomorrow, be sure to wish him a happy 4th of July and ask how he plans to celebrate the special day.