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Old 07-04-19, 12:00 AM
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🎆 Happy Independence Day 2019





The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.

On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson.

From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

Independence Day History
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Old 07-04-19, 12:22 AM
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Old 07-04-19, 12:47 AM
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Hong Kong aren't quite feeling it just yet. Teething issues, maybe.
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8 years, 4 months and 15 days later, the British buggered off for nearly three decades before deciding to have another go.
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Old 07-04-19, 06:47 AM
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https://www.usnews.com/news/best-cou...-life-rankings

Who's laughing now.

In all seriousness, happy July 4th.
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Old 07-04-19, 07:08 AM
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https://www.usnews.com/news/best-cou...-life-rankings

Who's laughing now.

In all seriousness, happy July 4th.
The damn loyalists who were forced to flee the newly independent US and moved to Canada ended up with health insurance . . .



I did a cross country bike tour from Seattle to Boston and went through the upper peninsula and St. Saint Marie to enter Quebec before dropping back down to the US in upstate NY. I really liked Ontario and the monuments in eastern Ontario especially are an alternative history of the Revolution and the War of 1812.
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Old 07-04-19, 08:26 AM
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The damn loyalists who were forced to flee the newly independent US and moved to Canada ended up with health insurance . . .



I did a cross country bike tour from Seattle to Boston and went through the upper peninsula and St. Saint Marie to enter Quebec before dropping back down to the US in upstate NY. I really liked Ontario and the monuments in eastern Ontario especially are an alternative history of the Revolution and the War of 1812.
It's funny, the War of 1812 was essentially a draw, but both sides steadfastly claim victory. It shows just how open to interpretation history can be.
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It's not even 11 and it's already miserable out. Hot and soupy. 'Posed to shower this afternoon but be dry for the big fireworks display, which takes place about a 7 minute walk from my house.

Going to grill a fat pompano for dinner. Maybe I will trundle over to my local for a while and then over to see the pyrotechnics.
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Old 07-04-19, 09:25 AM
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Happy 4th, y'all!

I went for a morning ride on my closest thing to an American bike, which is my Chinese built Schwinn, while wearing a red, white, and blue shirt. Just to be in the spirit of things.

The lack of car and truck traffic due to the holiday was an excellent bonus.
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Happy 4th, y'all!

I went for a morning ride on my closest thing to an American bike, which is my Chinese built Schwinn, while wearing a red, white, and blue shirt. Just to be in the spirit of things.

The lack of car and truck traffic due to the holiday was an excellent bonus.
Gotta love those empty holiday streets (still keep your feelers out though). On my Christmas Day ride I cruise in the middle lane with ease. The city streets are like a ghost town.
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Originally Posted by OBoile View Post
It's funny, the War of 1812 was essentially a draw, but both sides steadfastly claim victory. It shows just how open to interpretation history can be.
The American's biggest victory was the last major battle of the war, so a win. Of course, it actually occurred after the war was over, but they didn't know that.
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Come over here and beat our best team at our de facto national sport, and you can celebrate in any fashion you'd like. You see over here, soccer is a game most often played casually on weekends.
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Bitter much?

I heard they were going to mime Brexit, but they couldn't agree on how.

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