The Fourth of July is fast approaching, and celebration plans are underway to include patriotic decoration, fireworks, concerts, barbecues, parades and of course - Old Glory! Here are a few fun facts you may want to share at your celebration + our Independence Day Spotify playlist...
Nine Fun Independence Day Facts
- Independence Day celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, not the signing of it. The initial signatures were made on July 2 and the remaining signatures were obtained on August 2.
- Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, John Hancock’s signature is the largest among them. This is why "John Hancock" has, in the American lexicon, become synonymous with "signature."
- Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence when he was 33 years old. Only about 75% of the text from his draft made it to the final document.
- Independence Day was not observed as a Federal Holiday until 1870.
- Since Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with such excitement, other countries, such as Denmark, Sweden, and Portugal also celebrate our Independence Day to attract American tourists.
- According to legend at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, four Americans decided to settle a dispute over who was the most patriotic with a hot dog eating contest. That contest of legend is the inspiration for the popular annual contests that take place around Independence Day each year. Today, the Coney Island hot dog eating contest is one of the most well-known eating competitions.
- Calvin Coolidge is the only American President born on the Fourth of July. Every year, his hometown of Plymouth, Vermont holds a birthday celebration in his honor.
- Three former U.S. Presidents have died on July 4th. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day in 1826. James Monroe died in 1831.
- The Liberty Bell hasn’t been truly rung since Washington's birthday in February of 1846. Since then, the bell is symbolically tapped thirteen times each year by decedents of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in order to keep from worsening the crack in the bell.
Of course, one of the best ways to celebrate the Fourth of July is by displaying Patriotic Decorations and proudly flying your American Flag. Get Independence Day ready by checking out Liberty Flags’ great selection of decorations and American-Made American Flags from hand-held to giant-sized.
Looking for Patriotic Music?
Check out our Independence Day Spotify playlist!
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