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Local historian reminds Americans that Fourth of July is more than just fireworks


Founder and Director of the Freedom Library Howard Blitz hopes to add a new tradition to our annual celebration

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - In the coming days, news stations across the country will send one of their people out to the streets to ask one simple question "What is the Fourth of July?" You may think the question is trivial, but the reality is the answers usually shock most people.

Over the course of two decades, I've received a variety of answers ranging from "firework day" to "America's Birthday". Both answers aren't wrong, but local historian and founder of the Freedom Library wants to remind Americans of the importance of what happened here more than two hundred years ago.

According to Blitz the signing of the Declaration of Independence was more than just a piece of paper. It was literal defiance against the British Empire.

So, Blitz is inviting the public on July 4, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Freedom Library (Arizona Avenue & 20th Street) for a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

History and reading of the Declaration of Independence
Monday, July 4, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Freedom Library

After the reading, there will be a timeline of those brave fifty-six men who defied a king in the name of liberty. Also, to celebrate the occasion there will also be cake and beverages.

The event is free and open to the public/

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