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Fire the cannons, pass the rum rations and celebrate July 4, 1776

July 4, 2008
Times-Republican

Even before our nation had won the war fought to gain our freedom from Great Britain, Americans began celebrating the Declaration of Independence. On July 4, 1777, just a year after the Declaration was signed, Rhode Islanders fired 13 cannons to mark the occasion.

 
 
 

 

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