4th of July Facts
In the United States, July 4th is also known as Independence Day. It is a federal holiday commemorating the day the United States proclaimed independence from Britain and enacted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks, carnivals, and baseball games are common celebrations on this day, and many families choose to have their family reunions on this day as well. The 4th of July was first celebrated in Philadelphia in 1777, with a procession, cannon salute, and fireworks. The first Fourth of July Parade in Bristol was conducted in 1785, and it is still held every year.
Facts about the 4th of July that are worth knowing:
The Declaration of Independence was first signed on July 2, 1776, but it was subsequently amended and the final form was signed two days later, on July 4, 1776.
The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 individuals from 13 colonies.
Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who signed the Declaration of Independence, went on to become Presidents of the United States. They also died on the 50th anniversary of the signing, July 4th, 1826. They were the only two original signers of the Declaration of Independence who went on to become US Presidents.
James Monroe was a United States President who was a Founding Father but not a signer of the Declaration of Independence. On July 4th, 1831, he passed away.
Calvin Coolidge was the only President of the United States to be born on July 4th. He was the 30th President of the United States, having been born in 1872.
The Philippines also celebrates the Fourth of July, but this time to honor the day they gained independence from the United States in 1946.
In the United States, about 155 million hot dogs are consumed on July 4th. Every year, July 4th is regarded as the largest hot dog celebration.
Every July 4th, the Liberty Bell is rung 13 times. For fear of breaking the ancient bell, it cannot be rung. Since 1846, it has not been rung.
The bald eagle was championed by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, whereas the turkey was championed by Benjamin Franklin. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were victorious.
Eight of the 56 signatories to the Declaration of Independence were from the United Kingdom.
At the age of 26, Edward Rutledge was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, and at the age of 70, Benjamin Franklin was the oldest.
Each 4th of July in the United States, it is estimated that 14,000 professional fireworks shows are put up.
In 1870, the Fourth of July was designated a federal holiday.
The 4th of July was not designated a paid federal holiday until 1938.
Only 2.5 million people lived in the United States in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was written. The United States now has a population of about 314 million people.
Every year on July 4th, numerous minor and big league baseball games are held.
Every year, the United States of America's independence is commemorated in Denmark.