Every year on the 4th of July, Americans celebrate Independence Day with family, cook outs, parades and of course fireworks. It is time to rejoice and reflect on how our nation began in 1776 by declaring our independence from British rule. Did you know the United States of America started with 13 states? Here are some other interesting facts about Independence Day:
- John Hancock was the only person that signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. The 55 other people signed afterwards.
- The average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The oldest was Benjamin Franklin at the age of 70.
- Only two of the signers later became President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They both died on July 4th, 1826.
- Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4th, 1872.
- Benjamin Franklin suggested the turkey as the national bird, but was overruled to make it the bald eagle.
- Every 4th of July, the Liberty Bell is tapped, not rung, thirteen times in honor of the original 13 states. I can’t blame them, it has a crack in it.
- July 4th was declared a holiday in 1870, 94 years after the declaration.
- Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs on Independence Day, the biggest hot dog holiday of the year. (And it is one of my favorite foods)
- Fireworks were first used to celebrate the 4th of July in 1777 in Philadelphia.
I hope you enjoyed this read, and from the EXAIR family to your family, we want to wish you a wonderful 4th of July. EXAIR Will be closed on July 4, 2017.
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