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  • Fun Facts About the Declaration of Independence

    The Declaration of Independence

    America's revolutionary Charter of Freedom, the Declaration of Independence is a document upon which our nation's founding principles were established. The Declaration of Independence set the course for our nation on a journey of freedom, which also led this historic document on its own journey. For example, did you know: Who Authored the Declaration of Independence?  Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence,... more

  • Firework Safety

    Fireworks bursting in front of a flag.

    The American traditions of parades, cookouts, and fireworks help us celebrate the summer season, especially our nation's birthday on the Fourth of July. However, fireworks can turn a joyful celebration into a painful memory when children and adults are injured or killed while using fireworks. Although legal consumer fireworks that comply with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regulations can be relatively safe when... more

  • Soldiers Urged to Stay Safe Over Independence Day Weekend

    Crowd around Fourth of July fireworks.

    WASHINGTON -- Army leadership urges all Soldiers, family members and Army civilians to incorporate safety into their 4th of July celebrations in order to minimize any unwanted incidents during America's birthday celebration. "As you make your plans, remember to account for hazards that can ruin your fun by keeping safety foremost in mind. Accidental drownings and falls, along with motorcycle mishaps, have hit our Army hard this fiscal year," ... more

  • Why Do We Celebrate Independence Day?

    The Reason We Celebrate

    We celebrate the Declaration of Independence for two reasons. It represents an official severing of ties between the original 13 colonies and the rule of Great Britain. But it also represents the core of our beliefs, the very makeup of our identity as citizens of the U.S. Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, combined a rich a history of ideas and eloquently presented them to the then King of Great Britain along... more

  • Celebrating Independence Day Responsibly

    Independence Day - Fourth of July

    With more than 320,000 registered boaters in western Florida, the Coast Guard stresses to the boating public that Florida's waterways will be especially dangerous during this Independence Day celebration and reminds boaters to be safe while on the water.In order to help everyone on the water enjoy their July 4th holiday and stay safe, Coast Guard law enforcement crews will be patrolling, conducting safety checks and watching for people boating... more

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