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On July 4, 1760, Maryland and Pennsylvania settled the boundary dispute between the two provinces with the signing of an elaborate document. The final settlement came with the acceptance of the Mason-Dixon Line in 1767, which took a large portion of land previous claimed by Maryland and added it to Pennsylvania.

On July 4, 1776, representatives of the colonies began signing The Declaration of Independence which had been approved on July 2, 1776. Thomas Stone, who lived in Frederick from 1765 until 1771 and practiced law, voted to approve The Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia for Maryland. The actual date he signed the document came later.

On July 4, 1823, the iron and brick fence around Courthouse Square in Frederick was completed. Its purpose was to keep out grazing animals. It was removed in 1890.

On July 4, 1827, the first monument in the United States to George Washington was constructed in a single day by Boonsboro residents on South Mountain. Legend holds that it was completed by Madeline Dahlgren, owner of what we know today as the South Mountain Inn.

On July 4, 1828, construction began on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. It reached Frederick County in 1835.

On July 4, 1828, Charles Carroll of Carrollton laid the cornerstone for the railroad in Berlin (now Brunswick).

On July 4, 1906, the Rev. George W. Crist began his pastoral duties at the Walkersville Lutheran Church.

On July 4, 1927, the replica Barbara Fritchie House on West Patrick Street in Frederick was dedicated. The original house had been severely damaged in a flood in 1868 and torn down.

On July 4, 1936, Stoll Kemp opened the first antique shop in New Market. The small town still calls itself The Antiques Capital of Maryland.

On July 4, 1961, President John F. Kennedy and his family spent the holiday at Camp David near Thurmont.

On July 4, 2015, Happy Independence Day. As you spend your day, remember the sacrifices of our forefathers and the freedoms you enjoy because of them.

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