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Subject: ten (<i>or so</i>) Yankee Doodle fac Date: 7/5/2001 2:17 PM
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1. Independence Day commemorates the Continental Congress's formal adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. However, it was not declared a legal holiday until 1941.

2. Fireworks were made in China as early as the 6th century. The Chinese used their pyrotechnic mixtures for war rockets and explosives. For a super safe fireworks show, send a fireworks greeting card.

3. Uncle Sam was first popularized during the War of 1812, when the term appeared on supply containers. Believe it or not, the U. S. Congress didn't adopt him as a national symbol until 1961.

4. Did you know there are many precise rules for taking care of our national banner? And speaking of flag traditions, we're sorry to report that contrary to legend, there is no historical evidence that Betsy Ross sewed the first flag. But the countries most prestigeous flag is being restored in the Smothsonian where it has been displayed for generations.

5. John Adams wrote to his wife: "It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward, forevermore."

6. It is thanks to some old New England patriots that we have our independence. Boston Patriots protested British taxes by throwing tea into Boston Harbor in the so-called Boston Tea Party in 1773. Revolution was on its way.

7. The American national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner", is set to the tune of an English drinking song ("To Anacreon in Heaven").

8. The Statue of Liberty symbolizes freedom around the world. And what is inscribed on the tablet she holds? July 4, 1776 (in Roman numerals).

9. The patriotic poem "America the Beautiful" was published by Wellesley College professor Katharine Lee Bates on July 4, 1895.

10. Corn on the cob is a summer staple and a Fourth of July tradition. Did you know that the Sweet Corn Capitol of the World is Hoopeston, Illinois? Not to be confused with the Corn Palace in South Dakota.

11. "Purple Mountain majesty" referes to Pikes Peak, Colorado where the author was inspired to write the anthem.
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