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Part 3: The Legacy of Independence

Today, a great many countries have their own, freely elected government. The list of countries that celebrate some sort of Independence Day is quite long.

Mexico, for instance, celebrates Mexican Independence Day on September 16. Greece celebrates its Independence Day on March 2. India, another British colony, celebrates its independence (granted in 1947) on August 15. Israel, formed in 1948, celebrates its independence in early spring.

American Independence Day may be one of the most visible of the holidays, but other countries celebrate their own special holidays throughout the year.

Many of these countries struggled long and hard before gaining their independence. The American example of striving to be free was an inspiration to many of these people, and an independent, freely elected self-government was a model for the new governments of many of these newly independent countries.

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