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Independence Day Fast Facts

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(CNN)Here's a look at Independence Day, celebrated on the Fourth of July.

The 246th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence will be celebrated July 4, 2022. HistoryJuly 4, 1776 - The Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence while meeting in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Statehouse (now Independence Hall).
The Congress declares the American colonies free and independent states. (Note: John Hancock signs on July 4th. The rest sign on August 2, 1776.)Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston comprised the committee that drafted the Declaration. Jefferson, regarded as the strongest and most eloquent writer, actually wrote most of the document. The committee and Congress as a whole made a total of 86 changes to Jefferson's draft. Read MoreFirst two paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence:
"When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."Other FactsIn 2021, the United States imported $468 million in fireworks. There were an estimated 11,500 fireworks-related injuries treated in hospitals in the month surrounding July 4. In 2022, the National Retail Foundation estimates Americans will have spent $7.7 billion on food to celebrate Independence Day.Nathan's Hot Dog Eating ContestThe winner eats the most hot dogs and buns within 10 minutes to win prize money and the Mustard Belt.Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California, has won the title 14 times (2007-2014 and 2016-2021). He also holds the world record for eating 76 hot dogs.1916 - The Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest is held at the original Nathan's Famous at Coney Island.2011 - For the first time, men and women compete separately. 2021 - Joey Chestnut defends his title and sets a new record, and Michelle Lesco wins her first championship. Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – People watch fireworks burst behind the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington on Thursday, July 4. People across the United States gathered on Thursday to celebrate Independence Day with parades, picnics and fireworks.Hide Caption 1 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – Scott Webb celebrates during the finale of the Boston Pops Fourth of July Concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston.Hide Caption 2 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – Fireworks light up the sky behind the Empire State Building during the 27th annual Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show in New York.Hide Caption 3 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – Meriya Merrill, 3, cranes her neck to take in the Independence Day parade in Edina, Minnesota, as her grandmother holds a flag behind her.Hide Caption 4 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – A woman warms up at the Muscle Beach Independence Day bodybuilding contest in Los Angeles.Hide Caption 5 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – A man displays his patriotic pride while posing for a portrait during Fourth of July celebrations in Prescott, Arizona.Hide Caption 6 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – Children play on the South Lawn of the White House on the Fourth of July. President Barack Obama and the first family hosted members of the U.S. armed services and their families to celebrate the 237th anniversary of the counry's independence from the British Empire.Hide Caption 7 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – A re-enactor in colonial attire takes a photograph with his mobile phone before a public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston.Hide Caption 8 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – An American flag casts a shadow on the ground as spectators wait for a public reading the Declaration of Independence in Boston.Hide Caption 9 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – Neeley Mathes, 10, stands in front of the judges on Carr Avenue during the costume contest that follows the annual Central Gardens Fourth of July parade in Memphis, Tennessee.Hide Caption 10 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – Emma Winkler, 3, points as she re-enacts George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River while being pulled down Carr Avenue in Memphis with her 11-month-old sister, Elizabeth Winkler.Hide Caption 11 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – Perennial chomping champ Joey Chestnut, center, wins New York's annual Independence Day hot dog eating competition yet again with a total of 69 hot dogs and buns on Thursday at Coney Island in Brooklyn.Hide Caption 12 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – Decked out from head to toe in patriotism, 9-year-old Remi Schaber, left, and her brother Chase, 11, don spandex suits for the Independence Day parade in Cordova, Tennessee.Hide Caption 13 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – People line the streets to watch a Fourth of July parade in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey.Hide Caption 14 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – People participate in the Ridgefield Park parade.Hide Caption 15 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – An observer waves an American flag during the parade in Ridgefield Park.Hide Caption 16 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – A parade participant rides a penny farthing, or high-wheel bicycle, down the street in Ridgefield Park.Hide Caption 17 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – Ed Lunderman, a member of a Living History Musket Detail, fires his weapon to represent "the shot heard around the world" during a Fourth of July ceremony at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.Hide Caption 18 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – A child attends a ceremony to reopen the Statue of Liberty to the public in New York on July 4.Hide Caption 19 of 20 Photos: Photos: Celebrating the Fourth of JulyCelebrating the Fourth of July – Members of the Old Guard attend the reopening ceremony of the Statue of Liberty, marking the first day it opened to the public after being shuttered by Superstorm Sandy in October.Hide Caption 20 of 20

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Diamondbacks and Rockies meet to decide series winner

Colorado Rockies (48-62, fifth in the NL West) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (47-59, fourth in the NL West)

Phoenix; Sunday, 4:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Rockies: Jose Urena (1-3, 4.66 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 20 strikeouts); Diamondbacks: Zach Davies (2-4, 4.28 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 63 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Diamondbacks -159, Rockies +134; over/under is 9 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Both the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies are looking for a series win with a victory on Sunday.

Arizona has a 47-59 record overall and a 28-28 record at home. The Diamondbacks have gone 23-12 in games when they did not allow a home run.

Colorado has a 48-62 record overall and an 18-35 record in road games. The Rockies have a 32-14 record in games when they out-hit their opponents.

The teams meet Sunday for the 13th time this season. The Rockies lead the season series 7-5.

TOP PERFORMERS: Ketel Marte has 32 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 37 RBI while hitting .260 for the Diamondbacks. Jake McCarthy is 9-for-37 with a double over the last 10 games.

C.J. Cron has 24 doubles, two triples, 22 home runs and 72 RBI for the Rockies. Randal Grichuk is 11-for-35 with a double, two triples, two home runs and 12 RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Diamondbacks: 4-6, .220 batting average, 3.78 ERA, outscored by three runs

Rockies: 3-7, .264 batting average, 5.72 ERA, outscored by 19 runs

INJURIES: Diamondbacks: Tyler Gilbert: 60-Day IL (elbow), Caleb Smith: 15-Day IL (hand), Keynan Middleton: 15-Day IL (ankle), Humberto Castellanos: 60-Day IL (elbow), Nick Ahmed: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

Rockies: Chad Kuhl: 15-Day IL (hip), Kris Bryant: 10-Day IL (foot), Jhoulys Chacin: 15-Day IL (toe), Tyler Kinley: 60-Day IL (elbow), Helcris Olivarez: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Ryan Rolison: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Scott Oberg: 60-Day IL (arm)

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