It’s the 4th of July! That means friends, family, and fireworks! How much do you actually know about the 4th of July, though? Well, you’re about to learn even more!
Independence Day was formally declared on July 2, 1776, when Congress approved the final text of the Declaration. It was not signed until August 2, 1776.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826. James Monroe, the fifth president, died five years later in 1831. The country’s 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on Independence Day in 1872.
There is something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Upside down at the bottom of the document, reads: “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.” The author of the note is unknown, although it is thought that it served as a label. (There is no secret map…that we know of…written on the back!)
The Declaration of Independence has five parts: the Preamble, the Statement of Human Rights, Charges Against Human Rights, Charges Against the King and Parliament, and the Statement of Separation and Signatures.
The White House held its first 4th July party in 1801.
In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today the population of the U.S.A. is 316 million.
Americans eat about 155 million hot dogs on 4th of July! It’s the biggest hot dog holiday of the year.
To avoid damaging it further, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. However, every fourth of July it is symbolically tapped 13 times.
Two of our nation’s great national symbols were made overseas. The Liberty Bell was cast in England, and the Statue of Liberty in France.
The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence.
Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who wanted the bald eagle.
The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
We hope you learned something! Now celebrate the good ol’ USA!