Large set of Independence Day links: the full text of the Declaration of Independence, Lincoln's 1858 speech on the meaning of Independence Day ("Let us stick to it then. Let us stand firmly by it then.") and more inspirational speeches from Coolidge (1926) and Reagan (1986), the most bad-ass founding fathers, Dave Barry's 1998 column for the 4th of July. the science of fireworks and of barbecue, SciFi Independence Days, more.
14 Bold Facts About Bald Eagles.
July 4th, 1826: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams die. More on July 4, 1826 and events that took place on other July Fourths throughout American history.
In the midst of World War I, American Independence, British Style: Churchill on July 4, 1918.
1960 Saturday Evening Post: Seamstresses rush to complete the new 50-star flag.
July 4, 1976- The Raid on Entebbe: When Israel Showed The Spirit of '76.
Classic Mark Steyn column on The Spirit of Independence.
Saturday Evening Post's Fourth of July Covers Throughout the Decades.
ICYMI, Friday's links are here, and include the Night of the Long Knives (Hitler's purge of those standing in his way), a gallery of beautiful combs made for lice removal, why monkey butts are so colorful, and a video compilation: 100 years of Holmes and Watson (1916 - 2016).