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Fourth of July: Trivia for your Independence Day

July 1, 2011 |  6:04 pm

4th-articleFourth of July weekend is finally here. As we head into a weekend of barbecues, fireworks and apple pie, we thought we might remind you what the holiday is really about with some good old fashioned trivia and a roundup of quotes from our Founding Fathers, which may surprise some "tea party" members. For instance: Did you know that Benjamin Franklin would have scoffed at the reduced sales tax Californians are now enjoying?

Study up because there will be a pop quiz.

And don't forget to stay hydrated to avoid heat stroke this weekend, and if you plan on using "safe-and-sane" fireworks, be sure you're in one of the 39 cities that permit them.

We'll see you Tuesday.


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--Samantha Schaefer

The Iwo Jima Memorial is highlighted during a holiday fireworks display celebrating America's Independence Day. Credit: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

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