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While our nation finalized the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, it wasn't until 1870 that Congress declared the date a national holiday. Since then, it's become our nation's biggest, with celebrations marking Independence Day taking place in nearly every community in every state. This year, we decided to spotlight a few notable festivities that perfectly reflect the culture of their location. It's a wide and diverse country, and these celebrations offer patriotic inspiration for experiencing more of it. Grab your picnic blanket, basket, and take your seat early—the last thing you want to miss at these bashes are the views.