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Taking Liberties

July 4, 2014

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Profile America — Friday, July 4th. Today is that most American of holidays -- Independence Day, celebrating the day in 1776 when the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. Ours was the first successful colonial independence movement against a European power. Recognition of our nationhood came with the Peace Treaty of 1783. From sea to shining sea, there will be parades, concerts, barbecues, and, of course, fireworks. Among the famous celebrations is the Boston Pops fireworks spectacular, featuring Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," now in its 41st year. Shortly after the U.S. gained independence, the median age of the population was around 16. Now, the median age is the highest in history -- nearly 37.5 years. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>

Sources: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 19

http://www.july4th.org/2014_Event_Info/Event_History

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/american-colonies-declare-independence

http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_12_1YR_B01002&prodType=table


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: June 30, 2014