As you and yours celebrate Independence Day, check out these five FOX Weather stories that highlight the historical and cultural gems of the United States.
George Washington's weathervane
Military general, the first U.S. President and... weather geek?
In addition to serving his patriotic duties, George Washington also paid close attention to the weather and what it meant for this farm in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
According to the Library of Congress, one of the most notable weather instruments Washington used was a weathervane called the "Dove of Peace".
Battle reenactments and the weather
The American Revolutionary War virtually ended when General George Washington and his troops defeated the British at the Battle of Yorktown in Virginia.
Today, this and other battles are reenacted across the country as a form of living history.
The city of Newport News, Virginia hosts many battle reenactments, teaching visitors how soldiers lived, fought and weathered the elements centuries ago.
Flying Old Glory
The U.S. flag is arguably the country’s most powerful symbol.
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a law that provided guidelines on how Americans can respectfully fly Old Glory.
For example, the flag may not be displayed during inclement weather, such as rain, snow and wind storms, unless the flag is an all-weather flag.
The American bison
Did you know that the bison is the country’s national mammal?
Bison took this top stop when Congress passed the National Bison Legacy Act in 2016.
According to the National Park Service, this act made the bison a U.S. symbol of unity, resilience and healthy landscapes and communities.
How the interstate highways transformed America
Summer’s warm temperatures and blue skies provide the perfect setting for road trips.
As interstate highways sew together pieces of geography, they help connect cultures and economies scattered from sea to shining sea.
But even more so, they can also tell a story about a nation whose evolution both drove and was driven by something as seemingly simple as pavement.
To read more stories that highlight the historical and cultural gems of the U.S., visit FOX Weather’s Americana page.