Happy Birthday, America! As we begin the celebration with hot dogs, picnics, and fireworks, we want to share a few little-known facts about this holiday:
- Happy July 2nd? The Declaration of Independence was a letter to King George written by Thomas Jefferson explaining why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain. The Declaration was approved on July 4th by the Congress.
- In 1781, Massachusetts was the first state to make it a state holiday.
- It wasn’t until 1941 that the Congress made 4th of July a federal legal holiday.
- The biggest signature in the Declaration belongs to John Hancock; he was also the first one to sign.
- The Liberty Bell has not being rung since 1846 but gets tapped 13 times to signal the bells all across the country.
- The first fireworks celebration was in 1777, chosen by the Congress and included bonfires and bells.
- Founding Fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4th, 1826.
- The Declaration of Independence has 56 signatures.
- The “Star Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812 and it was decreed as the official national anthem of the United States in 1931.
- The first paper to publish the Declaration of Independence was the Pennsylvania Evening Post.
- European and South American countries were inspired by the Declaration of Independence and used it as a beacon in their struggles for freedom.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, but Jefferson and Adams picked the bald eagle.
- 8 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in Britain.
- Americans eat 150 million hot dogs on this day!
- 26% of Americans set up their own fireworks (and they’re illegal in 4 states)
Have a wonderful 4th of July, cheers from the Rocket Lawyer Team!