Happy Fourth of July! Happy birthday to the United States of America! We all know why we celebrate this day, but here are some other interesting facts about the 4th we should all know.
- The Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, 1776, but was not
signed by all of the Continental Congress delegates until August 2,
- John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on July 4.
- The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia.
- Congress declared the 4th of July a paid federal holiday in 1938.
- The first official 4th of July party was held at the White House in 1801.
- Calvin Coolidge is the only president to be born on the 4th of July.
- The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
- In 1779, July 4th took place on a Sunday, and America celebrated the holiday on Monday, July 5th.
- The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped 13 times every 4th of July in honor of the original 13 colonies.
- The Flag of the United States uses the colors red, white and blue to represent bravery and valor, purity and loyalty respectively. The 50 stars represent the 50 states and the 13 stripes represent the 13
- The name “Independence Day” was first used and recorded in 1791.
- Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
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