The Cutting Edge of Independence

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Happy Fourth of July from Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas! Here in the nation’s 17th largest city, folks will be celebrating with a good old fashioned baseball game at LaGrave Field, movies at the Coyote Drive-In, partying at Sundance Square and a spectacular fireworks show at Panther Island Pavilion.

Not every town in the nation gets as excited about the holiday as Fort Worth, however. The town of Vicksburg, Mississippi was the site of a significant Union victory during the Civil War, one that marked a turning point that shifted the momentum to the North. On July 4, 1863, Confederate General John Pemberton surrendered to Union forces at Vicksburg, after a perilous month of hard-fought battles and seemingly endless artillery barrages. The town of Vicksburg refused to celebrate the Fourth of July for the next 81 years.

The Fourth of July also seems to have been a less than fortuitous day for three of America’s first five presidents, who ultimately perished on Independence Day. John Adams, our second president and Thomas Jefferson, our third, died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. Adams was 90 and Jefferson 83. Five years later, James Monroe, our fifth president, passed away on July 4, 1831.

If fireworks aren’t your thing, you may want to take in the new horror flick, “Deliver Us From Evil,” being released this Fourth of July weekend in theaters everywhere. Based in New York City, the movie stars Eric Bana as a NYC police officer who teams up with a priest specializing in exorcisms, to fight a series of demonic possessions taking place all over the city. Ooh, goosebumps!

And if you can’t find any other reason to celebrate, consider this: It’s just 57 days until Cutting Edge Haunted House opens up on August 30 for a “sneak peak” at the all new monster line-up for 2014! Yayyyy!