Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.
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Fourth of July
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IN THIS ISSUE: ACID OCEANS | SUPER LUNCHES | FINDING REFUGE | SUMMER CAMPS
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