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Will Smith’s Birthday

Actor, producer, and rapper Will Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 25, 1968. He began rapping at the age of 12, and when he met DJ Jeff Townes at a party when he was 16, duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince was born.

Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince separated themselves from the rest of hip-hop by releasing catchy but clean tunes including “Summertime” and “Parents Just Don’t Understand”. While “Gangsta” rappers NWA were talking about drugs and violence, Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince were rapping about problems facing teens in middle-America, and people all over were able to relate. As their success mounted, the rap duo won the first Grammy Award for a Rap performance in 1988.

From 1990 to 1996, Will Smith acted as the title character in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, a sitcom about a street wise kid from Philadelphia sent to live with family in California in order to keep out of trouble. The show’s re-runs  still air on multiple networks today.

Will Smith made the transition from television to movies in the mid-90s. His first big hit was opposite Martin Lawrence in the 1995 hit Bad Boys. After his breakout, the hits just kept going: Independence Day (1996), Men in Black (1997), Enemy of the State (1998), and many others. Smith received two Academy Award nominations for his reprisal of Muhammad Ali in 2001’s Ali, and 2006’s The Pursuit of Happyness.

Some of his other popular films include I, Robot, Hitch, I Am Legend, and Hancock, with many more projects in the works.

Happy Birthday Will Smith!

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Harry Connick Jr.’s Birthday

American jazz musician and actor, Harry Connick Jr., was born on September 11, 1967 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His musical talent was apparent at an early age, and by the time he turned 9, Harry Connick Jr. was a member of the musician’s union and had already recorded a few albums.

Harry Connick Jr. got his big musical break when he was asked to record the soundtrack for one of the most popular romantic comedies of all time, When Harry Met Sally (1989), for which he won his first Grammy Award. He broke into acting in 1990 as a tail gunner in the WWII film Memphis Belle, followed by Blockbuster hit Independence Day in 1995. Harry Connick Jr. earned his first role as a leading man in the 1998 film Hope Floats opposite Sandra Bullock.

Harry Connick Jr. has acted in nearly two dozen films, sold over 25 million albums across the globe, and is among the top 60 bestselling male musical artists in America.

Happy Birthday Harry Connick Jr.!

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Independence Day

Fourth of July fireworks behind the Washington Monument, 1986What is Independence Day?

Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday that honors the birth of American independence from Great Britain and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Learn more about the history behind Independence Day by clicking here.

When is Independence Day?

July 4 of each year. Because Independence Day is a federal holiday, it is observed on Friday, July 3 if the 4th falls on a Saturday or on Monday, July 5 if the 4th falls on a Sunday.

How do people celebrate Independence Day?

Government offices, schools and some stores and businesses close for the day. Fourth of July celebrations include firework displays, concerts, parades, barbecues and picnics, swimming, boating and other outdoor activities.

For fun and historical Fourth of July facts and safety regulations and tips regarding barbecues, boating, swimming and travel, click here.

Sources: usa.gov, history.com, timeanddate.com
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