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Patriotic Places that Will Make You Proud to Be an American

By Lauren Viera
7/5/2013 8:00:16 AM

With a major SCOTUS decision released this week and the Fourth of July on our minds, we're in the mood for celebrating America. These patriotic places should do the trick...

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Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

This is where Lincoln's famous speech went down in November of 1863, four months after the Battle of Gettysburg, which had been fought that July. Now, 150 years later, Gettysburg National Military Park has prepared a formal ceremony to commemorate the landmark anniversary. Events take place June 30.

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Liberty Bell Center

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Many folks recognize the Liberty Bell-and its famous crack-as an iconic symbol of American independence. But what's also remarkable is its home at Philadelphia's Liberty Bell Center, next to the former Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall), where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed.

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Statue of Liberty

Liberty Island, New York

New York's iconic neoclassical sculpture has welcomed immigrants to the States since it was erected in 1886. But public access to the famously crowned statue has been off and on since the 1980s, and it most recently closed last fall due to infrastructure damages from Hurricane Sandy. Good news: The National Park Service confirmed the statue will reopen to the public on July 4 this year.

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