Happy Independence Day!

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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?

  1. The Declaration of Independence began as a letter to King George to explain why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain.
  2. 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.
  3. The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, 1776 and the official signing took place on August 2.
  4. 56 people signed the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson wrote the majority of it.
  5. The first Independence Day on July 8, 1776 took place in Philadelphia. The White House celebrated Independence Day for the first time in 1804.
  6. 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.
  7. According to census.gov, 2.5 million people celebrated the first Independence Day, compared to 316.2 million people today.
  8.  July 4 was officially declared a holiday in 1870, nearly one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written.
  9. Currently, the oldest Independence Day celebration in the U.S. is held in Bristol, Rhode Island.
  10. 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!

38 thoughts on “Happy Independence Day!

    • Thanks, Sarah! And thanks for always teaching ME something about your country, too! :)

  1. I am a Canadian and do not know much about American history. Thanks for sharing that interesting information. I had no idea that The Declaration of Independence began as a letter to King George.

  2. Hope your July 4th weekend was spectacular! I enjoyed a computer free weekend, so just now reading this post. So glad you shared the history of the 4th. And I’m so proud to be an American.

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