Show Your Independence


Think if you've seen one Fourth of July, you've seen them all? Not if you haven't been to these places:

--MEXIA, TEXAS Boomin' on the Fourth in Mexia is a weeklong festival that ends on Independence Day with a rodeo, concerts and, of course, an office-chair race through downtown.

--NORRIS, TENN. Ever shot an anvil? Here's how. Place one large blacksmith's anvil upside down on the ground. Fill its cavity with a fine grade of gunpowder. Place a second anvil on top of it. Ignite the gunpowder and watch the top anvil fly as high as 125 feet into the air....

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