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Fourth of July holiday: Origins and traditions


St. Louise: The Fourth of July is Americana at its core: parades and cookouts and cold beer and, of course, fireworks. Those pyrotechnics also make it an especially dangerous holiday, typically resulting in more than 10,000 trips to the emergency room. Yet fireworks remain at the center of Independence Day, a holiday 247 years in...

Sotheby’s to auction rare first print of US Constitution


An extremely rare official first-edition printed copy of the US Constitution will be put up for bid by Sotheby’s in mid-November, the auction house said on Friday.  Announcing the upcoming sale of the document on the 234th anniversary of its signing by delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Sotheby’s estimated its value at $15 million to...