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Photo Gallery: Independence Day in Athens

In spite of a storm that leveled dozens of trees and left thousands without power on Saturday, the Star-Spangled Classic went on. Entertainment included a fireworks show downtown, and Flagpole contributing photographer Richard Hamm was there:

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Photo Credit: Richard Hamm

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Photo Credit: Richard Hamm

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Photo Credit: Richard Hamm

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Photo Credit: Richard Hamm

In addition, members of the political group Indivisible Georgia District 10 read the Declaration of Independence at Big City Bread on July 4 itself, preceded by a brief history lesson from Oconee County children’s author Gail Karwoski. (Video can be viewed here.)

Three naturalized citizens—Simone Silvershield from the Netherlands, Jimena Vargus Pacora from Peru and Suiata Ivengar from the U.K.—also shared what the declaration means to them. (Watch that video here.)