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Independence Day 2021 Trivia | 70 facts about the holiday

Independence Day 2021 Trivia | 70 facts about the holiday

Independence Day or the Fourth of July is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States. So let’s dive into some trivia and facts about this holiday. § 6103, Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (such as the postal service and federal courts) are closed on that day Many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation’s heritage, laws, history, society, and people Families often celebrate Independence Day by hosting or attending a picnic or barbecue Many take advantage of the day off and, in some years, a long weekend to gather with relatives or friends. Decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the American flag Parades are often held in the morning, before family get-togethers, while fireworks displays occur in the evening after dark at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares The night before the Fourth was once the focal point of celebrations, marked by raucous gatherings often incorporating bonfires as their centerpiece In New England, towns competed to build towering pyramids, assembled from barrels and casks They were lit at nightfall to usher in the celebration The highest were in Salem, Massachusetts, with pyramids composed of as many as forty tiers of barrels These made the tallest bonfires ever recorded The custom flourished in the 19th and 20th centuries and is still practiced in some New England towns Independence Day fireworks are often accompanied by patriotic songs such as “The Star-Spangled Banner” Some of the lyrics recall images of the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812 Firework shows are held in many states, and many fireworks are sold for personal use or as an alternative to a public show Safety concerns have led some states to ban fireworks or limit the sizes and types allowed In addition, local and regional weather conditions may dictate whether the sale or use of fireworks in an area will be allowed Some local or regional firework sales are limited or prohibited because of dry weather or other specific concerns On these occasions the public may be prohibited from purchasing or discharging fireworks But professional displays (such as those at sports events) may still take place, if certain safety precautions have been taken A salute of one gun for each state in the United States, called a “salute to the union,” is fired on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base New York City has the largest fireworks display in the country sponsored by Macy’s, with more than 22 tons of pyrotechnics exploded in 2009 It generally holds displays in the East River. WBZ/1030 and WBZ-TV broadcast the entire event locally From 2002 through 2012, CBS broadcast the final hour of the concert nationally in primetime The national broadcast was put on hiatus beginning in 2013, which Pops executive producer David G. Mugar believed was the result of decreasing viewership caused by NBC’s encore presentation of the Macy’s fireworks The national broadcast was revived for 2016, and expanded to two hours In 2017, Bloomberg Television took over coverage duty, with WHDH carrying local coverage beginning in 2018 On the Capitol lawn in Washington, D.C., A Capitol Fourth, a free concert broadcast live by PBS, NPR and the American Forces Network, precedes the fireworks and attracts over half a million people annually

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