July 4th, 2013
02:29 PM ET
1 year ago

Gen. Dempsey no stranger to the singing spotlight

Washington (CNN) – Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been known to break out in song in recent years.

But he got perhaps his biggest audience yet Thursday when he belted out the national anthem with members of the Army Chorus prior to the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball game in the nation's capital.
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Filed under: July 4 • Martin Dempsey
Poll: Most love America, but don't think founders would feel the same
July 4th, 2013
11:15 AM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Most love America, but don't think founders would feel the same

(CNN) – With signs of patriotism abounding for the Fourth of July, a new survey indicates seven in 10 Americans think the Founding Fathers would be disappointed by the way the United States has turned out, 237 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

But that doesn't mean Americans themselves are displeased. The same poll, released Thursday by Gallup, shows the number who say they're very or extremely proud to be American remains steady at 85%.
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Filed under: July 4 • Polls
Obama celebrates America's independence
July 4th, 2013
09:57 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama celebrates America's independence

Washington (CNN) - President Obama used his weekly address Thursday to sound a happy birthday for the United States of America.

"On July 4, 1776, a small band of patriots declared that we were a people created equal – free to think and worship and live as we please," Obama said. "It was a declaration heard around the world – that we were no longer colonists, we were Americans, and our destiny would not be determined for us; it would be determined by us."
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Filed under: Eric Cantor • July 4 • President Obama
July 4th, 2013
09:49 AM ET
1 year ago

Statue of Liberty reopens for Independence Day

(CNN) – Lady Liberty reopened her doors to the huddled masses Thursday, a big bright spot for an Independence Day dampened by soaking rains and canceled fireworks celebrations elsewhere in the country.

The Statue of Liberty, closed since it was hard hit by Superstorm Sandy in October, received its first visitors just before 9 a.m.

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Filed under: July 4 • New York
No July 4 'rockets' red glare' for some military bases
July 4th, 2013
09:43 AM ET
1 year ago

No July 4 'rockets' red glare' for some military bases

(CNN) - Even as the automatic spending cuts of the sequester continue to lack the major repercussions originally anticipated, there will be a glaring example of their impacts visible above many U.S. military bases this Independence Day.

Multiple bases, including Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii and North Carolina's Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base have been forced to cancel their July 4 fireworks displays in order to save money, according to Time.
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Filed under: Budget • July 4 • Military
CNN Poll: Cookouts make July 4th sizzle
July 4th, 2012
05:00 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Poll: Cookouts make July 4th sizzle

(CNN) – As Americans contemplate what they enjoy most about Independence Day, eating outside takes the cake – or apple pie, rather.

In a new CNN/ORC International poll, over one third of Americans say cookouts and picnics are their favorite part of the holiday.
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Filed under: 2012 • CNN/ORC International poll • July 4
To the parades go the prez candidates
A man waves while riding on a float during the Fourth of July parade in Des Plaines, Illinois.
July 4th, 2011
09:01 AM ET
3 years ago

To the parades go the prez candidates

(CNN) - With this Independence Day comes a myriad of events courtesy of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates who will frequent July 4th celebrations mostly in important early voting states.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will walk in a parade along Main Street in Amherst and another in Laconia. He will also visit a holiday celebration in Andover.
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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Jon Huntsman • July 4 • Michele Bachmann • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
Poll: 1776 date puzzles some Americans
Men dressed as Continental Army soldiers march to demonstrate a 'fight during revolutionary war' as they celebrate George Washington's birthday at Mount Vernon, Virginia, on February 21, 2011.
July 4th, 2011
08:40 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: 1776 date puzzles some Americans

(CNN) - A slight majority of Americans know what year the United States declared independence, according to a new national survey.

The Marist Poll released in honor of America's Independence Day, July 4, showed 58 percent of residents aware their country declared independence in 1776. Twenty-six percent were unsure and 16 percent named another date. Younger Americans, those under 30 years of age, were less likely to have the correct answer with 31 percent, compared to Americans between the ages of 45 and 59 who said 1776 75 percent of the time.
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Filed under: July 4 • Polls
July 2nd, 2010
11:24 AM ET
4 years ago

Don't know much about history?

 One in 4 Americans had difficulty identifying who this nation declared independence from.
One in 4 Americans had difficulty identifying who this nation declared independence from.

(CNN) – As Americans get ready to spend a long weekend marking this country's independence 234 years ago, a new poll suggests more than 1 in 4 Americans don't know which country America declared its independence from.

According to a new survey from Marist College, 26 percent failed to correctly identify Great Britain as the country the United States fought an eight-year war with to gain its independence.

That percentage of Americans includes the 20 percent who were "unsure" and the six percent who thought the U.S. fought a revolution against another country. Among the countries mentioned were France, China, Japan, Mexico, and Spain, according to the poll.

The poll's internals show younger Americans know least about this country's founding: only 60 percent of 18-29 year-olds could correctly name Great Britain. Men also had a considerable 81-67 percent advantage over women in naming the correct country.

The poll surveyed 1,004 Americans between June 17 and 24. It carries a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


Filed under: July 4