The rise of leisure meant the Fourth of July emerged as a major midsummer holiday. Heavy drinking and many fireworks injuries prompted reformers of the late 19th and early 20th century to start a Safe and Sane Fourth of July movement.
During the later 20th century, this day became less important as a venue for politics. However, it remains an important symbol of national power and freedom.
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In the first few years of the republic, Independence Day was celebrated with parades, oratory, and toasting in ceremonies.
The Fourth of July commemoration became a patriotic tradition which many groups wanted to claim, such as the abolitionists, women's rights advocates, and the temperance movement.
Independence Day in the United States is an annual celebration of the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.
The marking of the first day of independence during the summer of 1776 took the form of a mock funeral of the king, whose "death" symbolized the end of monarchy and tyranny and the beginning of liberty.
Labor Day is a public holiday observed in the United States on the first Monday in September.
Labor Day celebrates the contribution of the American system of organized labor and workers to the prosperity and economic strength of the nation.
A brainchild of France, the metric system, or decimal-based measurement protocol, has not yet been adopted fully by many countries including the United States. This results in a different measurement unit for just about everything.
The U.S. Customary System is an inch-pound system having about 300 distinct units of measurement. A football field is measured in yards, while a race goes by meters. Air pressure is measured in PSI(for tires) but surface atmospheric pressure is calculated in inches on mercury, and air pressure in millibars.
Cinco de Mayo doesn’t mark Mexican Independence, as many believe.
Instead, it’s meant to celebrate the Battle of Puebla, which was fought between the Mexican and French armies in 1862.
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