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History

Reading The Declaration Of Independence Aloud

For 23 years, Morning Edition has observed an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence aloud.

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Sweetness And Light

Hot Dog! It's Independence Day!

Hot dogs are great to eat at sports events. But commentator Frank Deford doesn't think eating hot dogs should be a sports event.

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