Does China Own The Fourth Of July?

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As humorist Erma Bombeck mused in that quote, the way we've expressed national pride on the Fourth of July has morphed over the years from ceremonious shows of military might on Pennsylvania Avenue to casual barbeques in the backyard. But whether we chose to honor this 237th birthday in a martial or merry way -- with the exception of the potato salad and the flies -- little is left of the holiday that's authentically American.

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