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How do you celebrate the 4th of July?

July 4th in 2011 marks the 235th annual celebration of the United States of America’s declaration of independence. Historically speaking, July 4, 1776 was most likely only the day the wording of the declaration of independence was approved. The formal signing of the document didn’t take place until a month later. Yet who hasn’t celebrated their birthday a little early? The real question lies in how we celebrate.

In the United States of America, we celebrate July 4th as the beginning of this unique place we call home. And much like the diversity that embodies the fabric of this nation, how individuals and families celebrate can be quite different. From barbecues to hang gliding, the possibilities are truly endless.

In my family, a poolside barbecue coupled with kid wrangling marks the occasion. How do you celebrate the 4th of July?

Below is video clip from the movie “Independence Day”. In this scene, the fictitious President of the United States rallies the world in their common fight against space invaders. Popcorn movies don’t get much better than this. Enjoy.