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Rededicate Yourself To The Ideals Of July 4th

July 4, 2009

Even before our nation had won the war fought to gain our freedom from Great Britain, Americans began celebrating the Declaration of Independence. On July 4, 1777, just a year after the Declaration was signed, Rhode Islanders fired 13 cannons to mark the occasion. A year later, with the outcome of the Revolutionary War still in doubt, Gen. George Washington ordered cannons fired throughout the Continental Army - and had a double ration of rum handed out to the troops.



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