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Celebrate our independence this July 4th!

by Emily Rogers on July 1, 2011 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Monday, July 4th, is Independence Day, the 235th birthday of the Declaration of Independence by the 13 North American colonies that eventually formed the United States of America. Odum Library celebrates the holiday by closing at midnight Sunday, July 3rd, to reopen at 7:45 am Tuesday, July 5th. These hours include the Internet Café.

Declaration of Independence Mural, National Archives

In honor of the holiday, we feature sites (including the online exhibit linked above from the National Archives and Records Administration) for federal government resources for the holiday:

Learn about the history and proper caretaking of the U.S. flag, popularly known as the “Stars and Stripes.”

If fireworks are part of your holiday, follow these safety precautions from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission to ensure a happy celebration.

Attending a potluck or barbeque this weekend?  Get recipe ideas from The Great American Potluck cookbook, celebrating the diverse heritage of the U.S., courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Where did your holiday food originate?  Hamburgers and beef hot dogs probably came from Texas, but if it’s chicken or corn on the cob, there’s a good chance it grew up in Georgia! Enjoy these and other fun facts about July 4th provided by the U.S. Census Bureau to our nation’s estimated population of 311.7 million people.


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