Q: When Lewis and Clark’s expedition, the Corps of Discovery, held the first Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi, they fired a cannon, drank extra rations of whiskey and named a body of water "Independence Creek." All of this took place near present day Atchison. What was the year in which this celebration took place?
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark held the first ever Independence Day celebration west of the Mississippi on July 4, 1804, near present-day Atchison, Kansas. To celebrate, the Corps of Discovery expedition fired the cannon on their keelboat and drank an extra ration of whiskey. Lewis and Clark also named a creek -- near what is now Atchison, Kansas -- Independence Creek. Happy (belated) birthday, America!