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Fireworks. Barbecues. Family get-togethers.

Happy Fourth of July!!! – it’s time to pull out all the stops to celebrate the United States of America’s 248th birthday!

To help kick things off, here are 5 fun facts you may not know about Independence Day.


The Liberty Bell Rings 13 Times Every Fourth of July

That’s right, on Independence Day, the Liberty Bell is run 13 times at 2 p.m. in honor of the 13 colonies that declared independence in 1776. It’s a symbolic act that works as a powerful reminder of our nation’s roots and the significance of teaming up to accomplish great things.

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall also holds a special ceremony where children who are the descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Independence tap the bell 13 times.


The Oldest Fourth of July Parade

Every year, the oldest 4th of July parade takes place in Bristol, Rhode Island. Running continuously since 1785, this parade started just a few years after the United States gained independence from the United Kingdom.

Since then, Bristol’s celebration has grown into a big event featuring bands, floats, and a variety of performances – drawing visitors from all over the country.


Celebrations Around the World

Believe it or not, America’s Independence Day is celebrated in several other countries around the world too.

In Ireland, the town of New Ross celebrates the Irish-American Fest. The event kicks off with a reading of the Declaration of Independence. There’s U.S.-style food, live music, and even a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party.

Ever since 1912, Denmark has held perhaps the biggest American Independence Day celebration outside of the United States. Taking place in Rebild National Park, there are picnics, patriotic songs, and of course great food. Famous guests over the years include Dionne Warwick and Walt Disney.

Norway’s capital, Oslo, also hosts a large American Independence Day celebration, featuring American food, music, and games. And Sydney, Australia joins in the fun, celebrating the day with performances by American DJs and, you guessed it, more tasty American eats.


You Can Stream the U.S. Capitol’s Festivities at Home

Did you know that you can stream “A Capitol Fourth” festivities at home? Every year, PBS broadcasts the spectacular celebration from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol – featuring performances by top artists, a patriotic concert by the National Symphony Orchestra, and a stunning fireworks display.

For those of us who can’t attend in person, streaming it live online offers a great way to enjoy the celebration from the comfort of home.


All 30 MLB Baseball Teams Play on the Fourth of July

Baseball’s often called America’s pastime. Which is why it makes perfect sense that all 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams play on the Fourth of July.

Not only that, but nearly every Minor League team plays on Independence Day too. The festivities include live concerts, fireworks, t-shirt giveaways, and food truck rallies.


Happy Independence Day!

We hope these 4th of July trivia facts make for a great start to your Independence Day celebrations.

Whether you’re hosting a barbecue, watching fireworks, spending time with family and friends, or all of the above, we wish you all a fun and safe holiday filled with joy and celebration – from all your friends at Smart Link Solutions!


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