Nothing defines America quite like the Fourth of July, with the exception of cowboys and our constitution, of course. This time of year often sees an increase of patriotism in our great nation, as if this nationalism were ingrained in our very genetics. It’s the firework stands, the unfurled flags, and even the red, white, and blue cookies at Harmon’s sending us subliminal messages and causing this molecular adjustment of predominant pride.
Most of you, I’m sure, have a basic understanding of the history of the Fourth of July. However, there are a number of lesser known fun facts that we’d love to share with you:
- Continental Congress actually voted for independence on July 2,1776, but did not approve it until the 4th
- Thomas Jefferson changed the wording of the Declaration of Independence from “pursuit of property” to “pursuit of happiness”
- The declaration of independence was actually a justification for a revolt against the British, which included a list of charges against the king.
- Several other countries have used the Declaration of Independence as inspiration for their own political struggles, which include France, Greece, Poland, Russia, and several South American countries.
- John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe all died on the Fourth of July. Conversely, Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.
- An estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on July 4th, making it the biggest hot dog holiday of the year.
- The Fourth of July was not an official holiday until 1870, which was a part of a bill passed to recognize major state holidays at a federal level.
- Due to cracking, the liberty bell has not been rung since 1846 – instead, the bell is tapped 13 times to signal for bells across the nation to begin ringing.
- John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later became presidents.
- There were 56 signers of the Declaration. The oldest was Benjamin Franklin at 70; the youngest was Edward Rutledge of South Carolina at 26.
- The stars on the original flag were arranged in a circle so that all the colonies would appear equal.
- John Hancock was the first to sign and penned the largest signature.
- Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks show is the largest in the nation, with more than 40,000 shells launched from 6 barges, each carrying 5 miles of wire.
We here at Team SURGE hope that you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July! Light some fireworks, eat some hot dogs, and enjoy your time spent with friends and family!