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Presidential Proclamations and the 4th of July

July 4th, 2013 No comments

I routinely read the Presidential Proclamation to my family and guests each Thanksgiving, and this year I thought I’d do the same with the 4th of July Proclamation. To my surprise, I find there isn’t any, and usually hasn’t been. I looked up 1933, 1947, 1958, 2013, 2012, 2011, 1965, 1978, 1982,1990, and 1998 at the American Presidency Project. There were, however, proclamations each year from 2000 to 2007 and then again in 2009 (see here). And I was not quite accurate about 1978. Jimmy Carter did issue a Presidential Proclamation on July 4— but it was titled “Quantitative Limitation on the Importation of Certain Meat,” an absurdity which typifies his entire administration.

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