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By Cat Viglienzoni — July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day/4th of July!

I came across this exhibit on the Boston Common a while back, but the pictures seemed appropriate for today. A BIG thank you for all those who have served our country.

Perspective...

Closer...

America.

For those who don’t know, Independence Day marks the day the United States declared independence from Britain. The holiday itself has only been around since 1941, but the tradition goes back to the American Revolution. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted for independence, and the Declaration of Independence was adopted two days later. Thus, July 4th has been celebrated ever since as America’s birthday, if you will.

Unfortunately, this article says in a poll conducted in 2007 by the U.S. Mint, 26 percent of people didn’t know the U.S. gained independence from Britain. Six percent of those people chose a different country (China, France, Japan, Mexico, Spain).

I wonder what George Washington would think of that.

George Washington, as seen with a memorable horse in a painting at the Boston MFA.

Photos by Cat Viglienzoni.

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Written by Cat Viglienzoni

July 4, 2011 at 9:30 AM

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