Fourth of July Traditions Link Americans With Country’s Past


Fireworks, parades, and cookouts, not to mention red, white and blue: The things Americans today most closely associate with the Fourth of July have been surprisingly constant since the country’s founding in 1776.

But how Americans have celebrated the Founding Fathers’ breakup with King George III hasn’t always been static, and the choices citizens have made over 237 years offer and indication of where the country has stood socially, politically and culturally.

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