Interesting Facts About US Independence Day: 4th Of July

The fourth of July is here, and it is high time to celebrate! Bring out that special grill and be prepared for a crazy Independence Day cookout! Purchase huge, loud, and even colorful fireworks, and color the night sky with an amazing spectacle of lights!
But with all the festivities and fun, ensure to take some time to recall why we celebrate this significant day. Are you excited? We hope so since this Independence Day is going to be interesting.
Independence Day is among the most patriotic days in the United States. Most will proudly wear white, red and blue clothes and also hang up their flags. Nonetheless, few understand the history of the momentous day the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
People celebrate this National Holiday with barbecues, beer, hot dogs, and most importantly, with the superb fireworks which light up the sky at the night.
Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston, John Adams, and Roger Sherman comprised the committee which drafted the Declaration. Jefferson, considered as the most eloquent and strongest writer, really wrote most of the main document. The Congress and committee as a whole made a total of 86 changes to Jefferson’s draft.
For many, The 4th of July is a day filled with friends, family, fireworks, and good food. We usually look at it as an interesting summer celebration to enjoy a busy city parade, celebrate our flag, and snack on cotton candy at the nearby local fairs, but Independence Day is much more than that.
It is easy to forget the main details behind this national holiday, but we are here to help you remember why this is very important.
Without further ado, let us look at top 10 interesting facts about the history of US Independence Day:
1. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the only two signers of the significant Declaration of Independence later to serve as the US Presidents, both died on THE Independence Day, July 4, 1826, that was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.
2. The first flag of the US as an independent nation featured thirteen stars, representing the thirteen colonies. The stars did form a circle, in the representation of a ‘new constellation,’ and also presenting the thirteen colonies as equal to one another.
3. The Turkey was first to be proposed as the national bird, by Benjamin Franklin. The turkey was eventually overruled by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who proposed the bald eagle as American national bird.
4. At the time of US Independence, the population in all thirteen colonies was of 2.5 million people, which is the present population of Dallas, TX.
5. The Declaration of Independence started as a letter to King George to explain why the Continental Congress adopted to declare independence from the Great Britain.
6. The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that over 14,000 professional firework displays light up the skies in the US every Fourth of July.
7. Americans consume nearly 155 million hot dogs on the Independence Day alone; it’s the largest hot dog holiday of the year.
8. The 30th President of US, Calvin Coolidge, was born on the Independence Day in 1872.
9. George Washington celebrated the Fourth of July, 1778, with a double ration of rum for his soldiers as well as the artillery salute in the Princeton, New Jersey.
10. The Declaration of Independence has 5 parts: the Preamble, Charges Against Human Rights, the Statement of Human Rights, the Statement of Separation and Signatures, and Charges Against the King and Parliament.
11. Nearly 900 copies of the Declaration were developed by the printer, John Dunlap. Only 26 copies, known as ‘The Dunlap Broadsides’ are left: 21 are owned by the American institutions, two by the British institutions and 3 are privately owned.
12. 4th of July celebrations became more popular as years passed. In 1870, Congress declared Fourth of July to be an unpaid national holiday for the federal employees. In 1938, Congress eventually changed the legislation to be a paid federal holiday.

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