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Happy U.S. Independence Day!

Happy U.S. Independence Day to all our U.S. Realmers. To celebrate, we are continuing the reduction in the costs and upgrade times of Strongholds by 50% due to popular demand! Did you know that many historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed. Here are some other cool Independence Day facts:
  1. Held since 1785, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States.
  2. Since 1868, Seward, Nebraska has held a celebration on the same town square. In 1979, Seward was designated “America's Official Fourth of July City” by resolution of Congress.
  3. July 4 was officially declared a holiday in 1870, nearly one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written.
  4. Three U.S. presidents actually died on July 4. Two of them passed away within hours of each other on July 4, 1826: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
  5. Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who recommended the bald eagle.
  6. Approximately 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on this day.
  7. Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.
  8. The American flag has a name, which was given by Captain William Driver, a shipmaster from Massachusetts. The flag is named Old Glory.
  9. The Fourth of July wasn’t officially declared a national holiday until 1941 and is the only federal holiday that has not been moved to a Thursday, Friday or Monday for convenience.
  10. The term "Independence Day" was not used until 1791.

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