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American automotive independence: Route 66

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On: Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 10:18AM | By: Gary P Garry

American automotive independence:  Route 66

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and this is a very significant date in American history. Independence Day commemorates the approval of the Declaration of Independence, which made the United States a sovereign entity outside of British rule. A lot of people think that the document was signed on July 4th, but it was actually signed two days earlier and approved on the day that we now call Independence Day.

There is some interesting lore surrounding the July 4th date. Two of the most prominent signers of the Declaration of Independence, future presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, passed away on July 4th, 1826. This was the fiftieth anniversary of the original signing; another founding father who became president, James Monroe, died on July 4th, 1831.

These days, when we celebrate Independence Day, we honor our forefathers, but we also have a lot of fun, and this extends to the automotive realm. There are parties, festivals, picnics, and fireworks displays all over the country, and car shows are often intertwined into these gatherings. Many of the best celebrations are held in cities along the road that gave Americans their automotive freedom: Route 66. This road, which is alternately referred to as The Main Street of America, quintessentially embodies the spirit of independence that cars provide, and it had a transformative impact on our country. Route 66 was opened in 1926, and it was one of the very first thoroughfares to be part of the United States Highway System. California was the new frontier back in that day, and Route 66 provided a pathway from Chicago to the Golden State. Along the way, it passes through many different towns in six states before it reaches Santa Monica.

If you visit the places that dot the landscape along Route 66, you can learn a great deal about the real history of our country as it is displayed by everyday Americans. One of the towns that will be holding a Fourth of July celebration is Marshfield, Missouri. This historic town is right outside of Springfield; the city has been holding an Independence Day celebration since 1879. The 2016 gathering will be the 137thinstallment; this is just one of the many celebrations that will take place all along the route.

At some point in time, every car or motorcycle enthusiast should make a road trip down this historic American highway. Meanwhile, you can always get in the mood by listening to one of the many songs that have been written about The Main Street of America.


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