News —

4th Of July Fun Facts

by / Wednesday, 05 July 2017 / Published in News

Hope you had a great 4th of July. Celebrating our great nation’s anniversary is always a fun holiday with time away at the lake, camping, BBQ delights, and fireworks. Why do we celebrate though? Take a look at these fun facts about the 4th of July.

The Declaration of Independence was created to guide the evolution of our great nation. Did the writers truly know the long-range impact of their work? Did they see such a great nation emerging from their vision of independence? We will never know.
Why do we celebrate?  Traditionally, the 4th of July is celebrated as a day of commemoration for America’s independence, freedom and democracy that was put in place by our forefathers. Our nation was established as a free country by our Declaration of Independence. Even though the signing wasn’t truly finished until August 4th, it was adopted about a month earlier. So, we celebrate America’s freedom on the 4th of July when the Declaration was adopted by Second Continental Congress.

Interesting facts: 

  1. Did you know that President Calvin Coolidge was actually born on July 4th? In addition, July 4th marks the date of the year when three of our first 5 presidents passed away. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1826 and James Monroe in 1831.
  2. Congress didn’t actually declare the 4th of July a federal holiday until 1870. Maybe they were just seeing if that day would truly go down in history?
  3. Aside from celebrating our nations freedom, the 4th of July is recognized as National Country Music Day and Sidewalk Egg Frying Day.
  4. All the signers of the Declaration of Independence didn’t sit down and sign it together. It took about a month to get them all to pen their signatures.
  5. The original draft of the Declaration of Independence was lost. I guess the old adage, “my dog ate my homework” can apply to congressmen too.