In my previous post I mentioned some cheap, budget-friendly ways to celebrate the 4th of July, our nation’s birth. Now I have some great facts and a little bit of history about our Independence Day. I hope you enjoy and feel free to comment with your own.
History of Independence Day
Why is July 4th Independence Day? Well, here is the short version of events that lead to America celebrating our independence on the fourth of July. Amidst growing hostility towards British oppression our Continental Congress met on June 7, 1776 and formed a committee to draw up the document that we now know as the Declaration of Independence. Then on July 2 it was complete and Continental Congress voted unanimously in favor of it. So technically July 2 is our nation’s birth, but the Declaration of Independence wasn’t officially adopted until July 4th- and that is why we now celebrate the FOURTH of JULY!
John Adams refused to acknowledge July 4 as the nation’s Independence Day, firmly believing that July 2 was the birth of our nation, and rejected all invitations to celebrate the 4th of July.
Since the nation was still fighting in the Revolutionary War for the first two Independence Days, George Washington gave all of his soldiers double rations of rum to celebrate the 4th of July.
Massachusetts– First state to make the 4th of July an officially holiday.
1870– Congress made July 4th an officially federal holiday.
source: History Channel www.history.com
Independence Day Fun Facts
Did you know that our second, third, and fourth Presidents all died on July 4th? Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the same day- July 4, 1826, and James Monroe died on July 4, 1831.
2.5 Million– number of people living in America on July 4, 1776.
311.7 Million– number of people living in America this year- July 4, 2011.
China– largest importer of U.S. Flags and fireworks in 2010.
Mexico– lead customer of American Flags exported from the U.S. in 2010.
11– number of places in the U.S. with “Independence” in their names.
5– number of places in the U.S. with “America” in their names.
Origin of Uncle Sam– Samuel Wilson was a meat packer who provided food for U.S. soldiers in the early 1800’s. He stamped the initials U.S. on his packaged products and some soldiers began to joke that it stood for Uncle Sam, giving way to the symbolic Uncle Sam of the United States government.
July 8, 1776 was the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence and the Liberty Bell rang to draw all of the citizens together to hear it.
John Hancock– only person to actually sign the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July.
Bristol Fourth of July Parade– oldest continuing Independence Day celebration in the U.S. has been held every year since 1785.
500,000– number of people who attend the Washington D.C. Fourth of July celebration each year.
150 Million hotdogs will be eaten this Fourth of July (approximately) and that will be from the 74 Million Americans who will be barbecuing on July 4th.
26% of Americans don’t know what country we won our independence from- it’s Great Britain people!
22 Tons– amount of fireworks on display in New York City for the Fourth of July celebration.
$600 Million were spent on fireworks in one year in the U.S.
Deadliest holiday- on the 4th of July there are more alcohol related fatalities than New Year’s Day- the Fourth of July is the Number 1 Beer drinking holiday.
I hope you have a safe and fun Independence Day!
P.S. I will not be posting anything on the 4th of July because I will be too busy spending time with my family and enjoying this great nation that I am so proud to be a part of.