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President Ronald Reagan once had the famous line that Democrats' favorite holiday is April 15th and that Republicans' favorite holiday is the Fourth of July. That might have been a partisan zing. However, there is some truth to it that the majority of Americans do love the day that celebrates our nation's independence from the United Kingdom in 1776. There are several fun traditions and customs linked to this day. One would be that fireworks are set off. This goes back to a quote from John Adams describing how Americans should celebrate their day of independence: "It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more." Illuminations means fireworks in the sky. A culinary tradition would be eating hot dogs with family or friends. The hot dog fast food restaurant Nathan's has an annual hot dog eating contest from Coney Island, New York City every July Fourth. It is even nationally televised on ESPN. Parades are another way people celebrate this holiday. Veterans, marching bands, and community groups often participate in the parades. Small American flags are often passed out to folks to wave during the parade. Lots of people like to wear red, white, and blue on the holiday in a display of patriotism.