Gringoview: Celebrating the fourth of July

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - How can I ever forget my childhood memories of the wonderfully optimistic celebrations of the 4th of July?

It was a day to be proudly patriotic, a day commemorating the courageous signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. It was the one day in the year when fireworks were plentiful in the New York suburb where I grew up, there were hot dogs, hamburgers, and freshly picked corn on the cob and there seemed no end to the festivities.

I even remember, hand on heart, reciting the pledge of . . .

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