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Offered by: Melissa Rippy – Rippy Insurance Agency / Allstate

The Fourth of July is also known as Independence Day, July 4th, and/or America’s Birthday. It has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941. This day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence that solidified the colonies of America to fight for independence from Britain. Independence Day celebrations go back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.

There are many activities and traditions that occur during July 4th celebrations: fireworks, hot dogs, hamburgers, watermelon, music, sunshine and spending time with family and friends. Don’t forget to leave the fireworks to the pros! The Rippy Agency insures a family that once had a bucket full of fireworks in the garage and thought they were safely extinguished… Turns out they were not, and the entire home nearly burned down! Fortunately, Allstate was able to provide temporary housing for them while their home was being rebuilt.

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of deaths for teens? From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend, July is part of the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer as teens take to the road. Teens have the highest crash rate of any group and there is an increase of 26% of accidents compared to other months of the year. 60% of teen crashes today are caused by distracted driving. Did you know that the top distraction for teens in car crashes is other passengers and not those caused by texting or talking on the cell phone?

Enjoy a safe 4th of July and Summer! Please call or text 303.219.1470 for a safe driving kit for teens.