4th of July by the Numbers
4th of July by the Numbers
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Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day
Bet You Didn't Know: Independence DayVideo Clip (2:19)
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Did you know New York City has the biggest fireworks display in the United States and that three U.S. presidents died on July 4?
Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers
Bet You Didn't Know: Founding FathersVideo Clip (1:25)
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Our Founding Fathers were responsible for a lot more than the Declaration of Independence. Find out more about their legacy of innovation.
Bet You Didn't Know: Revolutionary War
Bet You Didn't Know: Revolutionary WarVideo Clip (2:38)
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Did you know that Paul Revere didn't ride alone, and there were women on the Revolutionary War battlefields? Find out more about the war's lesser-known patriots.
Deconstructing History: American Flag
Deconstructing History: American FlagVideo Clip (2:07)
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Why does the American flag have 13 stripes? Get all the facts and figures on "Old Glory."
Jefferson and the Continental Congress
Jefferson and the Continental CongressVideo Clip (3:33)
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Over 17 days, Thomas Jefferson writes what will become the mission statement for a revolution and a new nation: the Declaration of Independence.
Declaration of Independence
Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (3:49)
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To many in the Continental Congress, war was unthinkable. So why did they finally create this revolutionary document?
American RevolutionVideo Clip (3:20)
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Get the story of how a fledgling, largely disconnected nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time.
Matt Damon: The Declaration of Independence
Matt Damon: The Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (2:02)
Video Clip (2:02)
Actor Matt Damon performs and discusses the Declaration of Independence.
History of the Fourth of July
History of the Fourth of JulyVideo Clip (2:44)
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Discover how and when Americans celebrated Independence Day in the past. Although Benjamin Franklin thought we'd celebrate the 2nd of July; the 4th of July is closest to our hearts.
Jefferson Writes the Declaration of Independence
Jefferson Writes the Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (2:37)
Video Clip (2:37)
At 33, Thomas Jefferson wrote the original draft of America's historic Declaration of Independence, which was approved by the Continental Congress after several days of debate and revisions on July 4, 1776.
Jefferson Challenges the King
Jefferson Challenges the KingVideo Clip (2:21)
Video Clip (2:21)
Thomas Jefferson is known for penning The Declaration of Independence, but some of his earlier writings establish the pattern of challenging the British monarchy.
Jefferson's Pursuit of Knowledge
Jefferson's Pursuit of KnowledgeVideo Clip (3:09)
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As a young man in Virginia, Thomas Jefferson pursues an education based on the ideals of the Enlightenment.
The Death of Thomas Jefferson
The Death of Thomas JeffersonVideo Clip (2:00)
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Thomas Jefferson takes his last breath on July 4, 1826, fifty years to the day after the signing of The Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Jefferson in Paris
Thomas Jefferson in ParisVideo Clip (1:48)
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Jefferson soaks up the culture, art and architecture of Paris while on assignment as a trade representative.
George WashingtonVideo Clip (2:19)
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How did George Washington turn a rag-tag group of men into a disciplined fighting machine?
James Madison: Did You Know?
James Madison: Did You Know?Video Clip (1:36)
Video Clip (1:36)
At just 5'4", James Madison was hardly a commanding presence, but that didn't stop him from shaping American history.
Fourth of July Barbecue
Fourth of July BarbecueVideo Clip (2:48)
Video Clip (2:48)
Famous Fat Dave uncovers the history of the Southern American tradition known as the Barbecue. On July 4th, the barbecue is huge in America, and you will learn this right here.
Thomas Jefferson Meets John Adams
Thomas Jefferson Meets John AdamsVideo Clip (2:59)
Video Clip (2:59)
An unlikely pair whose tumultuous friendship lasted half a century, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826, 50 years after signing the Declaration of Independence.
July Fourth Hot Dog Eating Contest
July Fourth Hot Dog Eating ContestVideo Clip (3:50)
Video Clip (3:50)
In this Holiday Foods video clip, we take a look at the famous food of July 4th. The hot dog is known around the world as being one of the biggest, most well-liked foods in America. Learn the history of the dog, and see an eating challenge as well.
The Founding Fathers Unite
The Founding Fathers UniteVideo Clip (2:51)
Video Clip (2:51)
Who wrote which parts of the anonymous Federalist Papers? Madison and Jefferson disagree.
Brad Meltzer's Decoded: Declaration of Independence
Brad Meltzer's Decoded: Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (44:11)
Video Clip (44:11)
Does the Declaration of Independence contain secret messages from the founders of the United States?
Founding Father's Death Wish
Founding Father's Death WishVideo Clip (1:19)
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Explore the urban legends surrounding the founding fathers of the United States. Did all fifty-six signers all die mysterious deaths shortly after signing the Declaration of Independence.
I Love the 1880s: Heroes and Villains
I Love the 1880s: Heroes and VillainsVideo Clip (22:04)
Video Clip (22:04)
Take a look at history's greatest good guys, baddest bad guys and a few figures who were a little of both.
Presidential PastimesVideo Clip (1:20)
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Presidents are usually pretty old. So it's no surprise they like low-impact sports.
No. 2 Railroad
No. 2 RailroadVideo Clip (1:22)
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The Pacific Railroad Act created the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S., which was built with the help of Chinese immigrants.
Power NapVideo Clip (0:33)
Video Clip (0:33)
The reason President Calvin "Silent Cal" Coolidge was so quiet is probably because he was asleep all the time.
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July 4th(8 Photos)
Independence Day, commonly known as July 4th or the Fourth of July, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Regarded as the birthday of the United States of America, the day is celebrated with parades,…
Thomas Jefferson(11 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Thomas Jefferson.
American Revolution: Continental Congress
American Revolution: Continental Congress(11 Photos)
Discover the accomplishments of the First and Second Constitutional Congresses, and learn about the major players behind such documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Paris.
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