Bridgewater Township, New Jersey

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The area of the present Township of Bridgewater was originally purchased from a local Lenape Native American tribe. Bridgewater was chartered by George II of Great Britain in 1749, and incorporated on February 21, 1798, as one of New Jersey's 104 original townships. It is named after the town of Bridgwater in the English county of Somerset. Tradition holds that it was at the Middlebrook encampment that the first official flag of the United States was unfurled, after a law to adopt a national flag had been passed by Congress on June 14, 1777.

Dutch Americans

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Only four months before, the United States had declared its independence from Great Britain. The American crew was delighted when the governor of the island ordered that his fort's cannons be fired in a friendly salute. The first ever given by a foreign power to the flag of the United States, it was a risky and courageous act. Indeed, angered by Dutch trading and contraband with the rebellious colonies, the British seized the island a few years later. The Dutch recaptured the island in 1784.

White Horse Beach, Massachusetts

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White Horse Beach is a village of Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. It consists of 560 feet of public beach in the White Horse Beach, Massachusetts section of Plymouth and is located on Cape Cod Bay, south of Priscilla Beach. Much of the southern end of the beach, which is also known as Taylor Avenue Beach, south of the outflow of Bartlett Pond, either has cottages on it or has a fenced off conservation area to protect the dunes and fragile plant life. At the north end of the beach is a rock sticking out of the water with an American flag painted on. According to local lore, this act of patriotism was performed to cover a Nazi swastika painted on the rock.

State funerals in the United States

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In the United States, a sitting president while in office will immediately issue a presidential proclamation allowing for the flag of the United States to be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures in the federal government, such as a former president, and others, as a mark of respect to their memory. When such a proclamation is issued, all government buildings, offices, public schools and military bases are to fly their flags at half-staff. Under federal law (4 U.S.C. § 7(f)), the flags of states, cities, localities, and pennants of societies, shall never be placed above the flag of the United States.

Postage stamps and postal history of the United States

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Airmails of the United States. Postage stamps and postal history of the Canal Zone. Artists of stamps of the United States. Constitutional Post. Federal Duck Stamp. History of United States postage rates. List of people on stamps of the United States. Pony Express. Postage stamps and postal history of the Confederate States. Revenue stamps of the United States. Presidents of the United States on U.S. postage stamps. US Regular Issues of 1922-1931. US space exploration history on US stamps. Washington-Franklin Issues. Commemoration of the American Civil War on postage stamps. Pony Express bible. Women on US stamps. Sources. Lester G.

Green Building (MIT)

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The Cecil and Ida Green Building, also called the Green Building or Building 54, is an academic and research building at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States and houses the MIT Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. It was designed by Araldo Cossutta and I. M. Pei. Pei, among the world's most noted architects, had received his bachelor's degree from MIT in 1940. Principal donor Cecil Howard Green received a bachelor's degree and master's degree from MIT and was a co-founder of Texas Instruments. The Green Building was constructed during 1962–1964, in reinforced concrete.

American Platinum Eagle

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The themes for the reverse designs for this program are inspired by narratives prepared by former Chief Justice of the United States, John Roberts, at the request of the United States Mint. 2015–2016: The Torches of Liberty series featured reverse designs from the Artistic Infusion Program which represent the "nation's core values of liberty and freedom". 2018–2020: The Preamble to the Declaration of Independence series features obverse designs portraying Lady Liberty and handwritten single-word inscriptions from the Declaration of Independence in addition to a new common reverse design.

Martinsville, New Jersey

Since 1889, the first hoisting of the flag is commemorated annually each July 4 with a changing of the flag, a reading of the United States Declaration of Independence, and the delivery of an historical address. According to the United States Census Bureau, Martinsville had a total area of 12.398 square miles (32.111 km 2 ), including 12.322 square miles (31.914 km 2 ) of land and 0.076 square miles (0.198 km 2 ) of water (0.62%). The Pingry School's upper division for grades 6 to 12 is located in Martinsville. Little Friends of Jesus Nursery School (preschool, non-parochial) operate under the supervision of Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen.

Restored Government of Virginia

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Statehood was achieved on June 20, 1863 as West Virginia was admitted as the 35th state in the Union and an additional star was added to the American flag a few weeks later on Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Following West Virginia's statehood in June 1863, the Restored Government of Virginia relinquished authority over the northwestern counties now forming the new 35th state, and thus lost most of its area not under Confederate military control. Pierpont then moved the Restored Government from Wheeling to Alexandria, effective August 26, 1863.

Christmas lights

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In the United States, the television series The Great Christmas Light Fight features homes from across the country in a competition of homes with elaborate Christmas light displays. In the United States, lights have been produced for many other holidays. These may be simple sets in typical holiday colors, or the type with plastic ornaments which the light socket fits into. Light sculptures are also produced in typical holiday icons. Halloween is the most popular, with miniature light strings having black-insulated wires and semi-opaque orange bulbs.

July 4

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Independence Day, celebrates the Declaration of Independence of the United States from Great Britain in 1776. (United States and its dependencies). Liberation Day (Northern Mariana Islands). Liberation Day (Rwanda). Republic Day (Philippines).

Timeline of the Gerald Ford presidency

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The presidency of Gerald Ford began on August 9, 1974, when Gerald Ford became President of the United States, and ended on January 20, 1977, a span of 6971 days days. Ford, the 38th United States president, succeeded Richard Nixon, who had resigned from office. Prior to this he was the 40th Vice President of the United States, serving from 1973 until President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974. He was the first person appointed to the vice presidency under the terms of the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, following the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew on October 10, 1973.

Big Thunder Ranch

Big Thunder Ranch was an attraction at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, United States. It included an outdoor petting zoo, a walk-through cabin and a variety of scenery meant to create the atmosphere of a Western ranch. It was located in Frontierland, nearby Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Inside one could find sheep, goats, cows, and other farm animals. Among these animals were the two turkeys who received presidential pardons in honor of Thanksgiving in 2008. The attraction was hosted by Brawny. Big Thunder Ranch closed permanently on January 11, 2016, as the attraction (and some nearby backstage areas) will be the future site of a land called Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

21-gun salute

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At the time, nine guns was the customary salute to an independent republic. This First Salute was specifically ordered by the Dutch governor of the island, and marks the first formal international recognition of the United States as an independent republic. The flag flown by the Andrew Doria was the Grand Union Flag, 13 alternating red and white stripes with the British Flag in the union. The Stars and Stripes received its first salute when John Paul Jones saluted France with 13 guns at Quiberon Bay in 1778 (the Stars and Stripes was not adopted as the national flag until 14 June 1777).

Naval Station Rota, Spain

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Naval Station Rota, also known as NAVSTA Rota, (Base Naval de Rota), is a Spanish naval base commanded by a Spanish Rear Admiral and fully funded by the United States of America. Located in Rota in the Province of Cádiz, near the town of El Puerto de Santa María, NAVSTA Rota is the largest American military community in Spain, housing US Navy and US Marine Corps personnel. There are also small US Army and US Air Force contingents on the base. NAVSTA Rota has been in use since 1953 when Spanish dictator Francisco Franco strengthened relations with the United States in order to improve local economies.

Leesburg, Virginia

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During the War of 1812, Leesburg served as a temporary haven for the United States Government and its archives (including the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution and portraits of early American leaders like Benjamin Franklin) when it was forced to flee Washington, D.C. in the face of the British Army. Some websites have claimed that this resulted in Leesburg temporarily becoming the capital of United States, however these claims are not true as none of the U.S. Government bodies were present in Leesburg at the time. When reconstruction began on the Capitol, Potomac Marble from quarries just south of Leesburg was used.

List of countries that have gained independence from the United Kingdom

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This is a line of countries and territories formerly ruled or administered by the United Kingdom or part of the British Empire, with their independence days. Some countries did not gain their independence on a single date, therefore the latest day of independence is shown with a break down of dates further down. Self-determination. Commonwealth of Nations. Foreign relations of the United Kingdom. Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Special Committee on Decolonization.

Lex Luger

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Luger eventually dropped the title to Stan Hansen at Halloween Havoc, though he won it back at Starrcade 1990: Collision Course beginning his fourth NWA United States Heavyweight Championship reign. Luger's third title reign lasted a total of 523 days, making him the longest reigning United States Champion in history. During this reign, WCW rebranded the championships they owned and controlled, and the title was renamed the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. Luger started a feud with Dan Spivey, whom he defeated at WrestleWar to retain the U.S. Title.

Thunder Over Louisville

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The show is traditionally rebroadcast on the 4th of July, on the U.S. military's American Forces Network. List of attractions and events in the Louisville metropolitan area. Great Steamboat Race. Thunder official site. Kentucky Derby Festival official site. Thunder Over Louisville 2007 timelapse video.'s Thunder Over Louisville section.

Margaret Manny

Margaret Manny was a milliner in colonial Philadelphia who made flags for the United States during the American Revolution. She may have made the Grand Union Flag for the Continental Navy. Manny began making jacks and ensigns for ships as early as December 1774. She also supposedly made the Grand Union Flag, or Continental Colors, first flown by John Paul Jones aboard the Alfred on 3 December 1775. The "Grand Union Flag" (also known as the "Continental Colors", the "Congress Flag", the "Cambridge Flag", and the "First Navy Ensign") is considered to be the first national flag of the United States of America.

Diplomacy in the American Revolutionary War

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The Spirit of 'Seventy-Six: The Story of the American Revolution As Told by Participants (1975) I, a standard history., a standard history. Text of the Treaty of Paris (without Delaware). Treaty of Paris, 1783 U.S. Department of State summary. A Select Bibliography of Diplomacy in the War of American Independence compiled by the United States Army Center of Military History.

Washington Monument (Baltimore)

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Among many interesting artifacts, the 1815 cornerstone contents included a copy of the United States Declaration of Independence printed in the (Baltimore) Federal Gazette on July 3, 1815, the day before the cornerstone was laid. The newspaper was folded open to the page printing the Declaration, and appears to be the last item placed in the stone. This inclusion suggests that to those who built the Monument in 1815, it was not just the first monument to honor America's founding father, George Washington, but also one of the earliest American monuments celebrating American national independence.

Vicksburg Campaign

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On July 4, the Stars and Stripes rose over Vicksburg. To the Confederates, surrendering on Independence Day was a bitter defeat. Union troops behaved well, mixing with Confederates and giving rations to starving soldiers. Speculators who had been hoarding food for higher prices saw their stores broken open and the contents thrown on the streets for the starving rebels. In his Personal Memoirs, Grant observed, "The men of the two armies fraternized as if they had been fighting for the same cause." But resentments lingered: allegedly tradition holds that the Fourth of July holiday was not celebrated by Vicksburg until World War II.

Fictionalized portrayals of George W. Bush

List of Presidents of the United States. Will Ferrell. James Adomian. Will Forte. Frank Caliendo. Steve Bridges. Strategery.

List of national independence days

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An Independence Day is an annual event commemorating the anniversary of a nation's independence or statehood, usually after ceasing to be a group or part of another nation or state; more rarely after the end of a military occupation; and in the unique case of Singapore, expulsion from Malaysia. Most countries observe their respective independence days as national holidays. The following is a partial list of independence days of countries around the world: ;Specific ;General Decolonization. Liberation Day.