Many local governments that are struggling to balance their budgets may find it hard to justify the expense of Fourth of July celebrations. However, an online contest sponsored by Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance will award ten $10,000 grants to support cities' official Fourth of July events, such as parades, fireworks and ceremonies honoring veterans.

To participate in the "Bring Back the 4th" contest, visit www.BringBackThe4th.com and take a brief "Responsible Moments in U.S. History" quiz, which includes questions about people who helped shape the nation and inspire others. Each completed quiz counts as one credit toward the visitor's town, and the 10 U.S. municipalities with the most quizzes completed on their behalf will be eligible to win grants. Website visitors may take the quiz once, and are encouraged to rally family, friends and co-workers to take the quiz.


Grants will be awarded to cities and towns in three population-based categories:

• Small cities/towns – Up to 15,000 residents (four grants)
• Medium cities/towns – 15,001-100,000 residents (three grants)
• Large cities/towns – 100,001 residents and over (three grants)

Liberty Mutual will close the contest on Flag Day, June 14, and tally the quiz credits to determine winners. During the week of June 20, grants will be awarded to the 10 cities and towns that prompted the highest participation. "Last year, more than 48,000 Americans participated in Bring Back the 4th, representing over 3,200 U.S. cities and towns," said Paul Alexander, the company's senior vice president for communications. "We were delighted to see this groundswell of support, and our hope is that, in 2011, even more U.S. citizens will rally to support the time-honored, patriotic traditions that have made a positive impact on our communities for generations."

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