The Fourth of July is a spectacular day: barbecues, fireworks, fun in the sun, all in the name of our country’s freedom. Just for fun, here is some strange Independence Day trivia to share:
The Declaration of Independence was signed on Aug. 2, 1776.
2 people signed the Declaration of Independence.
Three of the first five presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third, died on the same day in 1826.
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, was born on the 4th of July in 1872.
Americans aren’t the only country who celebrates the 4th. Denmark Danes and Norwegians celebrate American countries, like England, Portugal and Sweden, hold celebrations near American military bases and or spots frequented by American tourists to boost travel during early July.
We have the date wrong. John Adams wrote that July 2 as the date the Second Continental Congress voted in Philadelphia to declare independence from Britain, not July 4.. “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America,” Adams wrote on July 3. “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
Fourth of July became a legal federal holiday in 1938.
There something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Apparently, there is a message written upside down at the bottom of the signed document: “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.” It’s not known who wrote it or when.
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