July 4: On this day!

Below is a set of thoughts about July 4. Yes, lots of horrible and questionable things have happened on this day (#onthisday). The list below is my selection of what I hope are more positive events (using the Wikipedia page for July 4 as the starting point, and then subtracting many, many selections). The list that remains is dedicated to Philipp! I have added some additional headings in ALL CAPS and bold text to highlight entries that I think are worth further investigation.

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