Independence Day

New Hampshire House of Representatives

  Deep in the state archives, a document of historical significance was recently discovered many thought had been lost forever.

The large, framed document, or broadside, is a commemoration of the centennial of the United States.

It’s dated July 4, 1876, and is signed by president Ulysses S. Grant, the Supreme Court justices, and all members of the U.S. House and Senate at the time.

The document is set to be unveiled at a ceremony in Representatives Hall at the Statehouse Wednesday morning.

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If today's installment of Something Wild fell to my NH Audubon cohorts, it would be easy to feature our national symbol, the Bald Eagle--perfect for patriotic Fourth of July! Instead, "NH Forest Guy" wracks his brain to make a tree connection to our nation's birthday. All I could come up with is that bottle rockets are affixed to wooden sticks and that firecrackers and other pyrotechnics are constructed and packaged using cardboard and paper--all derived from tree. No trees? No fireworks!

On this Fourth of July we take a look at a New Hampshire connection to the Declaration of Independence.

Emily Corwin

So far this year in New Hamsphire, more than 1100 people have become new U.S. citizens.  

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Mitt Romney is off the campaign trail this week. He’s vacationing at his home in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, but the Republican presidential candidate is set to march in the town’s 4th of July parade.

And that’s likely to bring more attention than usual to Wolfeboro and its festivities this Independence Day.

Grand Marshal Harold Chamberlin has organized Wolfeboro’s 4th of July parade for 17 years. He tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the parade and whether Romney's participation means any changes to his work.

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NHPR will air the following special programs for Independence day.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

9:00 a.m.   Socrates Exchange: Who Is American?