May I be the first to wish you a Happy Independence Day! Here in the USA, that normally means BBQ’s and fireworks, right? I’d like to take a few moments to remind you WHY we really celebrate the 4th of July! So, here are 10 fun facts about today…how many of these did YOU know?
- The Declaration of Independence began as a letter to King George to explain why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain.
- The Declaration of Independence was started on July 2, 1776 and the Continental Congress approved the final wording on July 4. The American colonies were declared free and independent states.
- The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, 1776 and the official signing took place on August 2.
- 56 people signed the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson wrote the majority of it.
- The first Independence Day on July 8, 1776 took place in Philadelphia. The White House celebrated Independence Day for the first time in 1804.
- The Declaration of Independence has five parts. They are: the Preamble, the Statement of Human Rights, Charges Against Human Rights, Charges Against the King and Parliament, and the Statement of Separation and Signatures.
- According to census.gov, 2.5 million people celebrated the first Independence Day, compared to 316.2 million people today.
- July 4 was officially declared a holiday in 1870, nearly one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written.
- Currently, the oldest Independence Day celebration in the U.S. is held in Bristol, Rhode Island.
- 2014 marks this year as the 238th Independence Day.
What that said, whatever you are doing today, I hope that you take a few moments to remember WHY we celebrate! And for my international friends, we’d love if you celebrated along with us! And take some time to share with a friend or family member, as well!