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1789 Copy Of US Constitution Once Owned By George Washington
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What We Should Know About Our Nations History So As Not To Repeat It

It's the 4th of July and there are a lot of history shows on television today. I started with the "John Adams" mini-series on HBO now I'm onto "America: The Story of Us" on the History Channel. I've realized how little history I really know.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Fourth of July

The legend of America’s birth is only 236 years old. However, in that short amount of time, a number of legends that would normally take centuries to grow and multiply in any other civilization have sprung up. 

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3 year old Jamie enjoys riding in his wagon during the July 4th Parade
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July 4th Neighborhood Parades Are Alive and Well in Abilene [VIDEO]

s the fourth of July nears, there are a lot of celebrations going on in Abilene and the Big Country. First off, there are two neighborhood parades I'm aware of, the Amarillo Street Parade and the Hillcrest neighborhood parade. The later will take place Wednesday July 4th. There are a lot of other Independence Day celebrations going on, here's a list of what I've gathered so far.

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Firefighters battle a brush fire in the Meadowlands near Metlife Stadium
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Abilene Area Fire Official Voices Concern Over July 4th Fireworks [AUDIO]

Gary Young the chairman for the Taylor County Rural Fire Committee (T.C.R.F.C.) and E.C.C.A. (Elm Creek Citizens Association) Fire Chief, says he's extremely concerned that Big Country residents may have a 'false sense of security' over fire safety and how dry the vegetation is in the Big Country.

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Alan Jackson to Celebrate July 4th With Military Families

Country music superstar Alan Jackson will help some deserving military families celebrate July 4th a little bit early this year. According to a post on Jackson’s website, the singer is slated to perform this coming Saturday (June 30) at Fort Sill, Okla. to kick off the military installation’s patriotic festivities.

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This Is the Proper Way to Eat a Hot Dog This July 4th

Part of what's so great about hot dogs is their simplicity. Take them out of their package, put them on a grill and, boom, everybody's favorite summer comfort food.

But using just a skewer and knife, the food wizards at Chow have demonstrated a way to get a lot more out your wiener. See how to make a spiral-cut hot dog below.

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Quick and Easy 4th of July Recipes

July 4th holiday will be here a week from today! So you want to do something fun and have friends over for a picnic/bbq and you're at a loss as to what you should serve. Well I just happen to have a few quick, easy and fun ideas to help you out.

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The 10 Most Awesome Fourth of July Fireworks Displays from Around the US [VIDEOS]

Forget about the dawn’s early light, this Fourth of July is all about the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air and maybe even a couple of spiders. Those are the ones that, well, look kind of like a spider, anyway.

Here are 10 great fireworks displays throughout the country. If your city didn’t make it, don’t worry — we’re sure it’s just as good.

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July 4th Events in Abilene

Well here we are again, almost July and that means celebrations of all kinds to honor our nations independence. Some of us celebrate with family and friends, just small gatherings and others go all out with huge parties that include the entire neighborhood. Then, of course, there are the public events with family friendly environments and fireworks to top it all off. I did some research and found the following events here in the the Big Country for everyone to attend.

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Kenny Chesney to Celebrate the 4th of July With Katy Perry

Kenny Chesney will take a brief break from his Brothers of the Sun Tour with pal Tim McGraw to celebrate the 4th of July with another music superstar. Chesney will join pop starlet Katy Perry for this year’s Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show, an annual televised tradition that celebrates the birth of our nation.

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What are Your Plans for the 4th of July?

The 4th of July is fast approaching; you only have a couple of weeks to get your plans in order. My family usually grills out, naps and then takes in a fireworks show when possible. I know there are neighborhood events and family events going on; what are some events that the public could attend?

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Photo by: Chaz Mcguire
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Fireworks Display In Abilene [PHOTOS]

The Fireworks display was back in Abilene once again after a one year absence from the Fourth of July festivities – and, holy moly,  did they ever come back.

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