POSTED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 4:20pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Happy birthday, America! You turned 237 today!
The Fourth of July is far more than just a time to eat hotdogs and pop fireworks; it’s a day when we celebrate independence.
Americans have celebrated this holiday since 1777, which is when the first-ever major celebration took place in Philadelphia. It included a parade and a 13-shot cannon salute. Of course, there were fireworks, too.
However, the holiday was not made official until 1870. That’s when Congress passed a bill to recognize the day as a national holiday.
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