10 Things You Didn’t Know About July 4th

10 Things You Didn't Know About July 4th

(ReliableNews.org) – It’s Independence Day! You’re probably ready to celebrate the birth of the good ol’ US of A. You’ve got your hotdogs ready to go on the grill, your mac salad in the fridge and now you need your trivia. Yeah, we like to drop random facts at our family picnics too.

To help you be the smartest person at the picnic at the table this year, we have some fun facts for you.

10 Facts You Didn’t Know

  1. Independence Day should actually be two days earlier. According to the National Archives, the Continental Congress actually voted on the Declaration of Independence on July 2, 1776. However, the written document was dated July 4 and it was signed a month later in August. John Adams wrote about celebrations taking place on July 2, as well.
  1. The Declaration of Independence traveled the country for years, but in 1814, it was moved to Washington, DC, and since then, it’s only left the city twice. Once was during World War II and then when it was taken to Philadelphia for the Centennial.
  1. About a month before the very first 4th of July celebration, on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the resolution creating the country’s first flag.
  1. Only 2 of the 56 delegates signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776: John Hancock and Charles Thompson.
  1. The average age of the delegates who signed the Declaration of Independence was 46 years.
  1. Americans were fighting the Revolutionary War on the second anniversary of Independence Day. George Washington and his troops celebrated with rum.
  1. Three presidents have died on Independence Day: Presidents James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Jefferson and Adams both died the same day on July 4, 1826.
  1. Americans spend more than $6 billion on food on July 4.
  1. Congress made Independence Day a paid federal holiday in 1938.
  1. Fireworks were used to celebrate the first anniversary in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777.

Enjoy your holiday! And remember, don’t eat too many hotdogs!

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