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15 facts about Independence Day

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:

  1. 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.
  2. In 1781, Massachusetts was the first state to make it a state holiday.
  3. It wasn’t until 1941 that the Congress made 4th of July a federal legal holiday.
  4. The biggest signature in the Declaration belongs to John Hancock; he was also the first one to sign.
  5. The Liberty Bell has not being rung since 1846 but gets tapped 13 times to signal the bells all across the country.
  6. The first fireworks celebration was in 1777, chosen by the Congress and included bonfires and bells.
  7. Founding Fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4th, 1826.
  8. The Declaration of Independence has 56 signatures.
  9. 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.
  10. The first paper to publish the Declaration of Independence was the Pennsylvania Evening Post.
  11. European and South American countries were inspired by the Declaration of Independence and used it as a beacon in their struggles for freedom.
  12. Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, but Jefferson and Adams picked the bald eagle.
  13. 8 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in Britain.
  14. Americans eat 150 million hot dogs on this day!
  15. 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!

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