4th of July Fun Facts!
The 4th of July celebrates the passage of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It announced the separation of the 13 North American colonies from Great Britain. Because the 4th of July is just a few days away, here some fun facts you may not have known:
- JOHN ADAMS THOUGHT JULY 2 WOULD BE INDEPENDENCE DAY
- ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER WAS DESIGNED TO PAY TRIBUTE TO AMERICAN HISTORY’S INDEPENDENCE and was exactly 1,776 feet tall to represent the year 1776.
- JULY 4TH WASN’T A FEDERAL HOLIDAY UNTIL 1870 and was an unpaid holiday. In 1941 it became a paid holiday for federal employees
- THE OLDEST 4TH OF JULY PARADE IS IN BRISTOL, RHODE ISLAND which has been happening since 1785.
- MASSACHUSETTS WAS THE FIRST STATE TO MAKE INDEPENDENCE DAY A HOLIDAY.
- A TIME CAPSULE WAS BURIED BENEATH THE MASSACHUSETTS STATE HOUSE IN 1795. It’s contents included newspapers, coins, a silver plate, and a copper medal engraved with George Washington’s image.
- THE LIBERTY BELL HASN’T BEEN RUNG SINCE 1846 because it was deemed too fragile after a crack appeared.
- AMERICANS CONSUME ABOUT 150 MILLION HOT DOGS ON JULY 4.