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20 Facts You Never Knew About the 4th of July
By: Amina Lake Ke Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping Institute & Yaa Bofah - 05-24-22

For starters, did you know that Independence Day was once celebrated on July 5?

1. Thomas Jefferson was the main author of the Declaration of Independence.
There were four others on the drafting committee: Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Robert Livingston.

2. John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Likely because he was the President of Congress at the time, he signed in a large hand and at the center of the document, according to the National Archives. His bold signature is where we get the phrase "put your John Hancock" when referring to signing your name.

3. Independence Day should have been celebrated on July 2, 1776.
Although the document was dated July 4, congress actually voted for independence from Great Britain two days prior on July 2, 1776. It apparently wasn’t signed by everyone until a month later on August 2, 1776.

4. John Adams wrote a letter to his wife about how memorable Independence Day would be in American history...
He was obviously right — in his letter, he said the day should be celebrated with parades, bonfires and fireworks. Scarily accurate, right?

5. ... but he thought it was celebrated on the wrong day.
In fact, he was known to turn down invitations to 4th of July celebrations in protest. In his correspondence to his wife, Abigail Adams, he only referred to Independence Day as July 2nd.

6. The 'Pennsylvania Evening Post' was the first newspaper to print the Declaration.
It came out in the newspaper on July 6, 1776 for everyone to see, after a local printer named John Dunlap produced copies of the declaration's manuscript.

7. An estimated 2.5 million people lived in the nation in July 1776.
As of July 2021, about 331.8 million people live in the U.S., according to the United States Census.

8. Three presidents who signed the Declaration of Independence died on July 4.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826 — on the 50th anniversary of the country's independence. James Monroe died five years later on July 4, 1831.

9. The Liberty Bell rings 13 times every Independence Day to honor the 13 original states.
Descendants of people who signed the Declaration of Independence tap the bell, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 2 p.m. eastern time every 4th of July.

10. Independence Day was once celebrated on July 5.
The holiday fell on a Sunday in 1779, so the country celebrated on July 5th instead.

11. The very first 4th of July fireworks show took place in Philadelphia in 1777.
Fireworks, canons and bells all went off to honor the 13 original states. Much like modern celebrations, they even had a dinner and parade for the Declaration of Independence's first anniversary.

12. U.S. soldiers got a special treat on the 4th of July in 1778.
George Washington helped the troops celebrate by allowing them a double ration of rum, according to Live Science.

13. Americans spend over $1 billion on fireworks every year.
According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, the numbers continue to go up every year. The biggest celebration is the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks show, which takes over 8,000 hours to prepare!

14. 4th of July sales have been a thing for a while.
According to Live Science, it was seen as unpatriotic if you kept your business open on Independence Day before the Civil War. But after, restaurants and stores starting having sales on red, white and blue merchandise and they've continued to ever since.

15. There are 33 places in the United States with the word “liberty” in their names.
According to the U.S. Census, four of them are counties — Georgia, Florida, Montana and Texas have a Liberty County.

16. Calvin Coolidge was the only president born on the 4th of July.
That probably helped his presidential campaign, right?

17. It didn't become a federal holiday until 1870.
It took nearly 100 years for it to be recognized as such, but when it finally happened it was up in the ranks with Christmas and a few other holidays.

18. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were both signed in Philadelphia.
The Constitution was signed in September of 1787, a little over 11 years after the Declaration of Independence. While both are important to U.S. history, they are totally separate documents with different meanings.

19. Thomas Jefferson believed that a new Constitution should be written every-19 years.
In a letter to James Madison, he asked if "one generation of men has the right to bind another," saying that otherwise "the lands would belong to the dead, and not to the living, which would be the reverse of our principle".

20. Americans eat around 150 million hot dogs each Independence Day.
According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, which they call 'peak hot dog season', Americans consume around 7 billion hot dogs. That means that 818 are being consumed every second. Producers estimate that during July, which is designated National Hot Dog Month, 10% of annual retail hot dog sales occur. That's a lot of hot dogs!
About these writer(s):

Amina is an editorial assistant at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where she works with lab experts (who test all the latest products) and writes original content based on their recommendations.
b. YAA BOFAH Editorial Fellow
Yaa Bofah is an editorial fellow at Good Housekeeping
Personal note: I just wish our past & present politicians today had that much moxie to do whats right. Many are there for the prestige of being there - others are there to profit from their exposure during the services rendered in behalf of the People (yea right!)
The Oath they swear to when being positioned in office - means little to them - except what they intend to profit from - by their connections when they leave office. (Those are my thoughts - sometimes I wonder - if they are really working for the People - or for themselves?

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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