If you were born or lived in America, you would definitely celebrate July 4 in all its glory. It’s America’s Independence Day, not sure what it means? Let’s do a little history check here.
The United States was formed on July 4, 1776, with 50 states all the way. Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding fathers, drafted the Declaration of Independence and the rest is history. But the historical meaning of the holiday is a freedom and freedom. This is a special time for America, how lucky they are to live a “drug-addled country”, which is what the anthem says.
But during these unprecedented times, we definitely have to think of a choice on how to celebrate. But let us all check and learn some fun facts about 4th of July.
- The number one fact is that the Declaration of Independence was neither signed nor finalized on 4 July nor at any time in July. It was drafted that day by our founding fathers. However, it was not finalized and signed until 2 August 1776.
- Massachusetts was the first state to recognize July 4 as an official holiday.
- The designer of the 50-star flag lived in Lancaster, Ohio.
- The oldest annual Fourth of July celebration is held in Bristol, Rhode Island.
- Something has been written behind the Declaration of Independence. Not a treasure map, but using invisible ink, “Original Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776“Rewritten.
- An estimated 15,000 Independence Day fireworks are on display for the July 4 holiday.
- The Declaration of Independence was written on a laptop. Okay, maybe not on modern digital laptops, but it was written on a writing desk that could fit on someone’s lap and was referred to as “The laptop“.
- Bizarre 50th Anniversary. Thomas Jefferson, 82, and John Adams, 90, both died on July 4, 1826, just 5 hours from each other, on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
- Americans consume around 150 million hotdogs during the July 4 celebration. Hotdog eating competitions are also held in some parts of the US.
- Eating salmon on the fourth day of July is a tradition in New England. It began as a coincidence, as in the middle of summer, salmon was abundant in rivers throughout the region.
For the last centuries, we have celebrated the Fourth of July with barbecue and fireworks. This year it cannot happen, no fireworks, no parade, and no hotdog competition. But we can still celebrate with intimate family bbq in the backyard.
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