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Editorial: Happy Fourth

Independence Day is the quintessential American holiday: baseball, barbecues and fireworks. George Washington even celebrated the day in 1778 by doubling the rations of rum for his troops.

It wasn’t until 1938 that the U.S. Congress marked the day as a paid federal holiday – and although some of us wish Independence Day fell on a Monday or a Friday this year, the holiday is a symbol of how fortunate we are to live and work here in the United States.

The Town of Oyster Bay and fireworks by Grucci will collaborate for the annual “Salute to America” at John J. Burns Park in Massapequa on July 17 with fireworks following a “country music with a kick” performance from SixGun at 7:30 p.m.

So, happy Fourth of July from the Hicksville Illustrated News and remember: leave the fireworks to the professionals and the driving to the sober.