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Celebrate America’s Birthday on Independence Day July 4th

Across the United States, families and friends gather to celebrate America’s birthday on July 4th with backyard bar-b-ques, patriotic parades, and fireworks displays. The holiday commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, to separate from British colonial rule. That action led to the American Revolutionary War which ended in 1783 and permanently established the sovereignty of the United States of America.


The ship most associated with America’s independence is the frigate, USS Constitution, which was launched on October 21, 1797, in Boston, Massachusetts. Never defeated or boarded, the USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides” for its ability to repel British cannonballs, is the oldest commissioned warship in the U.S. Navy. 


Reconstructed in recent years, the ship still makes an annual Turnaround Cruise in Boston Harbor on July 4th and serves as an educational and outreach symbol of the U.S. Navy's courageous and patriotic service. According to the USS Constitution Museum, “Never defeated in battle, USS Constitution remains a symbol of the honor, courage, and commitment of America’s Sailors.” You can visit the ship today and learn more at the USS Constitution Museum.


AUSN office will be closed on July 4th in celebration of Independence Day.



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