Today marks the 242nd Independence Day! The first thing that comes to my mind about the 4th of July is fireworks!! But that's not the reason we celebrate the holiday. Read below for facts you may not know!
The Declaration of Independence began as a letter to King George to explain why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain.
The Declaration of Independence was started on July 2, 1776 and the Continental Congress approved the final wording on July 4.
The Declaration of Independence has five parts: the Preamble, the Statement of Human Rights, Charges Against Human Rights, Charges Against the King and Parliament, and the Statement of Separation and Signatures.
The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration on July 6, 1776.
According to census.gov, 2.5 million people celebrated the first Independence Day, compared to over 315 million people today.
Over 150 million hotdogs are consumed ever Independence Day,
Other countries, including Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden also celebrate the Fourth of July as a way to bring in American tourists.
Due to their large firework displays, Walt Disney World is the second largest purchaser of explosives in the United States, after the Department of Defense.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are responsible for the bald eagle as the national bird; Benjamin Franklin wanted it to be the turkey.
Red, white, and blue are synonymous with Independence Day, but that wasn’t always the case. Some accounts from the 1700s indicate that green was used for decorations in early celebrations.
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I hope you have a great and safe day! I am anxiously awaiting for tonight for BBQ and Fireworks!! What are your plans?