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Alice in Wonderland Published

Under the pen name Lewis Carroll, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote one of the most popular stories of all time, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The book was published by Macmillan on July 4, 1865.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland chronicles the escapades of young girl, Alice, after she falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy realm and meets all sorts of interesting characters. The tale originates from a boat trip that Dodgson took with the daughters of the Dean of Christ Church; when they asked him to tell them a story, what came out was the earliest version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The girls loved the story so much that Dodgson began drafting it out on paper the very next day.

Dodgson’s novel has had such a tremendous impact that it has been adapted numerous times for the big screen, television, comic books, and plays. The most notable of these would be Disney’s animated movie (1951) and Tim Burton’s version, which was released in 2010.

Sources: Alice in Wonderland, The Lewis Carroll Society

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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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