Fun Facts for the 4th of July

  • Contrary to popular belief, only two Founding Fathers signed  the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The majority of signers  penned their signatures on August 2, 1776.
  • The holiday does not celebrate the signing of the Declaration; it celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress.
  • In a now-famous letter  to his wife, Abigail, dated July 3, 1776, John Adams made a prediction  that the “Second Day of July” would be celebrated as American  Independence Day, since the Congress had actually voted to sever ties  with Great Britain the day before.
  • Independence Day became a federal holiday in 1870.
  • Other  countries, including Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden also  celebrate the Fourth of July as a way to bring in American tourists.
  • Our country now boasts 318.9 million citizens, but on the first Fourth of July there were only 2.5 million.
  • The original draft of the Declaration of Independence was lost.
  • The back of the Declaration of Independence says, “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.”
  • The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration on July 6, 1776.


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