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Inspired! 2021 Is Not the First Big 4th of July Comeback for Portland, Maine
Inspired! 2021 Is Not the First Big 4th of July Comeback for Portland, Maine
July 4th, 1886, was supposed to be a huge celebration in Portland. This would be the first Independence Day since the troops had returned home from fighting in the Civil War. A huge parade, fireworks, and a circus featuring a real hippopotamus were just some of the activities planned for the day. Instead, it ended up being a day of tragedy. Portland had the worst fire ever seen to that point by an American city.

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