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5 Fun Facts About July 4 In Alaska History

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1. Alaska was not yet a state on the first July 4th celebration in 1776. In fact, Alaska was not even part of the United States until 1867 when it was purchased from Russia for $7.2 million.

2. In 1915, the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition was held in Seattle to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush. Alaska had a strong presence at the event, showcasing its culture and resources.

3. During World War II, Alaska played a strategic role in defending the United States against Japanese invasion. On July 4, 1942, the Japanese bombed the Dutch Harbor on the Aleutian Islands, marking the first time in over 100 years that foreign soil was attacked by a foreign power.

4. In 1958, Alaska became the 49th U.S. state. The state flag features the Big Dipper and the North Star, representing Alaska's location in the northernmost part of the country.

5. Today, July 4th is celebrated throughout Alaska with parades, fireworks, and other patriotic events. Many rural communities also hold traditional Native dances and ceremonies to honor their cultural heritage.
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