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The Fourth of July and American Inde- pendence:
The Fourth of July celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which the American colonists sent to the British King George in 1776 AD. Although the Declaration excluded women and people of color and Native Americans, and it didn't do anything to help the slaves, it still made a powerful statement about people's right to choose their own government.
The Declaration of Independence kicked off the American Revolutionary War, which ended (with the help of France) with the United States becoming an independent country. To remember the war, and celebrate winning it, Americans often shoot off fireworks.
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