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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.
American Revolution: Flags and Fliers
American Revolution: Flags and Fliers(10 Photos)
Discover some of the flags and fliers that circulated amongst the colonies before and during the American Revolution.
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?
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."
Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers
Bet You Didn't Know: Founding FathersVideo Clip (1:25)
Video Clip (1:25)
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)
Video Clip (2:38)
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.
Declaration of Independence
Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (3:49)
Video Clip (3:49)
To many in the Continental Congress, war was unthinkable. So why did they finally create this revolutionary document?
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.
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.
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.
The Origin of Fireworks
The Origin of FireworksVideo Clip (2:32)
Video Clip (2:32)
Did you know the Chinese used fireworks to ward off evil spirits? Find out more.
American RevolutionVideo Clip (3:20)
Video Clip (3:20)
Get the story of how a fledgling, largely disconnected nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time.
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.
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.
The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro
The Meaning of July 4th for the NegroVideo Clip (3:43)
Video Clip (3:43)
Morgan Freeman performs the words of Fredrick Douglass addressing a white audience about the Fourth of July.
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.
George WashingtonVideo Clip (2:19)
Video Clip (2:19)
How did George Washington turn a rag-tag group of men into a disciplined fighting machine?
4th of July by the Numbers
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