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Children on float in Fourth of July parade, Vale, Oregon, 1941.

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Imperial Marimba 乐团演奏的星条旗进行曲 "The Stars and Stripes Forever March" 1918

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你认为最盛大的美国假日是那一天?最重要且最独特的美国假日一定是七月四日的独立纪念日,即美国脱离英国,独立建国的那一天你可能以为在177674日签署独立宣言后,它立刻成为一个国定假日,然而直到1812年战争 (War of 1812) 前,它都不是一个常规节日。


What do you think is the biggest American holiday? The most significant and uniquely American holiday would have to be the Fourth of July, the day when the United States celebrates its independence from Britain. You might think that it became a holiday immediately after the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, but actually it didn't become a tradition until after the War of 1812.

By the 1870s, the Fourth of July was the most important nonreligious holiday on the calendar. All across the country, on that day, towns and cities held celebrations with parades, barbecues, and fireworks displays.

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处: Lee, Russell, photographer. "Children on float in Fourth of July parade. Vale, Oregon." 1941 July. America from the Great Depression to World War II: Photographs from the FSA and OWI, ca. 1935-1945, Library of Congress.
处: Sousa, John Philip; Imperial Marimba Band, performers. "The Stars and Stripes Forever March." 1918. Inventing Entertainment: The Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings of the Edison Companies, Library of Congress.