Happy 4th of July
Happy 4th of July! It is a great time to gather for a BBQ and watch fireworks, it is also a great time to reflect on the significance of this day. Today I am lucky enough to celebrate with my whole family at the lake. Like most Americans, I hope to watch a few fireworks.
10 Fun Facts about the 4th
Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is rung (actually tapped) thirteen times in honor of the thirteen colonies.
John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, everyone else signed on August 2, 1776.
Massachusetts was the first state to recognize it as a holiday in 1781.
July 4 wasn't deemed a federal holiday until 1870, nearly 100 years after the nation was founded.
The oldest celebration is in Bristol, Rhode Island
Three presidents have died (Jefferson, Adams, Monroe), and one was born (Coolidge), on the fourth.
Other countries — including Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden — celebrate the Fourth of July because many of their citizens moved to the US or simply to attract American tourists.
In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today the population of the U.S.A. is 329 million.
The White House held its first 4th July party in 1801.
It isn’t the 4th of July without a grand fireworks show. Accounts from the Pennsylvania Evening Post in 1777 indicate that the city celebrated with gun salutes and fireworks. Philadelphians enjoyed bonfires and other events to commemorate our nation’s first official birthday. Cannon salutes were also popular, and the first Independence Day celebration included the firing of 13 cannons, reflective of our first 13 states.
Happy 4th, I hope you have a wonderful day!