If you are at all curious about what country manufactures American flags and the fireworks that we light on July 4th, and/or where your Independence Day BBQ food comes from, you can thank our trusty U.S. Census Bureau for providing the answers, the Washington Post reports. The following comes from the bureau:

On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country…


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