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

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Imperial Marimba 樂團演奏的星條旗進行曲 "The Stars and Stripes Forever March" 1918

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你認為最盛大的美國假日是那一天?最重要且最獨特的美國假日一定是七月四日的獨立紀念日,即美國脫離英國,獨立建國的那一天你可能以為在177674日簽署獨立宣言後,它立刻成為一個國定假日,然而直到1812年戰爭 (War of 1812) 前,它都不是一個傳統節日。


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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處: 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.
處: 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.