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Continental Congress of the 13 British colonies (future United States of America) passes the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Seattle residents celebrate July 4, 1854, and adopt names for Lake Union and Lake Washington.

Henry Yesler commits fraud in Washington's first lottery held on July 4, 1876.

Joseph Pearsall stakes the first mining claim in Snohomish County's Monte Cristo area on July 4, 1889.

Ellensburg fire destroys 200 homes and 10 business blocks on July 4, 1889.

Port Angeles settlers jump the federal reserve and claim squatters' rights to lots on July 4, 1890.

Native Americans rebury Chief Leschi on tribal land on July 4, 1895.

Forty-three passengers die in a trolley car accident in Tacoma on July 4, 1900.

Harry Tracy takes food and clothing from the Fisher family, north of Ravenna, on July 4, 1902.

Woman Suffrage leaders speak from Seattle pulpits and The Reverend Dr. Anna Howard Shaw speaks at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition on Sunday, July 4, 1909.

Officer Henry L. Harris is shot and killed in Pioneer Square on July 4, 1911.

Smith Tower officially opens in Seattle on July 4, 1914.

Samuel Hill celebrates international peace and dedicates the Pacific Highway at Blaine on July 4, 1915.

William Boeing reportedly takes his first airplane ride on July 4, 1915.

SS Roosevelt leads a marine parade through the Ballard locks to dedicate the Lake Washington Ship Canal on July 4, 1917.

Altar stone of Stonehenge replica built to memorialize World War I soldiers is dedicated at Maryhill on July 4, 1918.

Convicted murderer L. E. Mosley fatally shoots Officer Amos J. Comer on July 4, 1924.

State Department of Transportation cuts ferry rate increases from 30 to 10 percent on July 4, 1947.

Lake City resident takes first published photograph of a so-called flying saucer on July 4, 1947.

Ivar Haglund begins Ivar's Fourth of July fireworks on Elliott Bay on July 4, 1965.

During a fireworks show at the Seattle Center, an errant skyrocket lands in a crowd and explodes, injuring 18, on July 4, 1972.

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