Near Separation Day (technically June 15, but usually celebrated a week earlier), the people of Delaware come together in Historic New Castle and celebrate 230+ years of Not Being Pennsylvania. (When the state’s founding fathers voted to separate from the Crown a full month before the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, they also decided to break off from our bigger, rectangular neighbor to the north and form an independent, weirdly-shaped state.) Today, the event is celebrated in the town where the documents were signed, with historical re-enactments, cheeky t-shirts and a Colonial BBQ Competition. (Ben Franklin would really enjoy it)

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