Independence Day, or the 4th of July as it is more commonly known as, is one of our nation’s biggest holidays. Most people know the basic facts that came from the day, like that the Declaration of Independence was signed many years ago in 1776. Over the years it has turned into a day to celebrate our patriotism. While there’s nothing wrong with that, let’s look back at some of the fun facts about the day that you probably don’t know.
- 2nd of July? That’s right. Independence Day should be celebrated on the 2nd because that is the day Congress ruled in favor of independence. The 4th was the day the Declaration was accepted.
- The 4th of July is the biggest hot dog holiday of the entire year! Americans consume around 155 million hot dogs on this day alone! In addition, over 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed!
- The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson, then signed by 56 men, 8 of which had been born in Britain.
- While the above is the more notable fact most people remember of Thomas Jefferson, one that is more humorous is that he was very upset the bald eagle had been chosen as the national bird instead of the turkey. He said that the eagle is a bird of bad moral character and does not get his living honestly. He said that the turkey, though a little vein and silly, was a bird of courage.
- 3 presidents have died on the 4th. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died within hours of each other in 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration. James Monroe passed five years later, while Calvin Coolidge made a patriotic entrance to the world by being born on the 4th.
- John Hancock, probably the most recognizable signature on the Declaration, was the only one to sign on the 4th, while others all signed later.
- In 1776, there were around 2.5 million people living in our new nation. Today, we have over 320 million people living here!
- Every year on the 4th of July the Liberty Bell is tapped 13 times in honor of the 13 original colonies. It has not been rung since 1846 in an effort to keep its infamous crack from growing.
- One of our most patriotic songs, Yankee Doodle, got its start from British military officers who sang it to mock disorganized American colonists fighting alongside them.
- The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801, while the new colonists wasted no time. They started their celebrations the next year in 1777.
How do you plan to spend your 4th of July holiday?