On July 4, 1776, thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. As a result, every Fourth of July, Americans around the Country celebrate this historic event and nationally recognized holiday with family cookouts and massive firework displays. Some local citizens gave a little insight on what Independence Day means to them and what they have planned for that day.
Some, like 23-year-old San Benito resident Jessica Rodriguez, plan to use the three day weekend for a mini-vacation.
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