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Datebook: July 4 – Independence Day

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Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4th, 1826. James Monroe died on July 4th 1831. Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4th, 1872.

It’s Monday, the 4th of July

Mayfield’s Glory Days Festival Car Show continues downtown today. Activities starting at seven this evening at the Mayfield High School Track Area include a watermelon bust, dog show, The Diamonds in Concert and Fireworks.

LBL’s Homeplace offers Independence Day activities 1 to 4 today as does The Nature Station. See lbl.org.

Paducah’s July 4 Celebration features the Kentucky National Guard’s award-winning 202nd Army Band culminating its two-week concert series in our region. Hear its jazz combo opening a show at the Riverfront’s Wilson Stage at 6:30. The Paducah Community and Concert Band begins at 8. There are fireworks at 9:15. The Kentucky Avenue boat ramp will be unavailable from 5 p.m. until after the fireworks. Noble Park Pool is open noon to 6 today.

Madisonville’s 4th Fest continues at City Park today with children’s activities, the Chamber beer garden, a concert by the Jimmy Church Band and fireworks.

Take care and enjoy the holiday. See community events at wkms.org for what’s happening around here.

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