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5 Fun Facts About July 4 In Kansas History

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Here are 5 interesting historical facts about July 4 in Kansas that I can provide:

1. Kansas became the 34th state of the United States on January 29, 1861, and its first official celebration of Independence Day as a state was on July 4 of the same year.
2. In 1917, during World War I, the city of Lawrence, Kansas celebrated July 4th by staging a massive donation rally for the war effort. The event was called the "Million Dollar Fourth" and it surpassed the initial goal by raising $1.4 million for the war efforts.
3. On July 4th, 1950, the United States Army formally established the Fort Riley Cavalry Museum in Kansas. The museum commemorates cavalry units and their contributions to U.S history, in addition to significant artifacts such as George Custer's horse and equipment.
4. The city of Topeka, Kansas, celebrated July 4th in style in 1976 during America's bicentennial. The city staged a parade led by covered wagons on the Oregon Trail and even had a replica of the Liberty Bell that traveled across Kansas.
5. For over 50 years, the Wakarusa Music Festival was held during July 4th weekend in the small town of Wakarusa, Kansas. The festival attracted thousands of music fans from all over the country to enjoy live performances by well-known artists like John Butler Trio, My Morning Jacket, and The Avett Brothers. However, the festival has been put on hold since 2016.
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