Happy 4th of July

Jul 04, 2016

Happy Fourth of July! Happy birthday to the United States of America!

It's been 238 years since the founding fathers declared independence from Great Britain and formed a country of 13 colonies.

But did you know it should be celebrated on July 2?

Representatives of the 13 colonies, called the Second Continental Congress, actually voted on July 2, 1776, in Philadelphia to declare independence. But it wasn't until two days later that a congressional committee approved the final draft. And it wasn't until Aug. 2 that delegates signed the document but when it went to the printer, July 4 was the date writ large at the top. 

Independence Day was officially made a national holiday in 1870, as part of a bill that officially recognized several holidays, including Christmas.




Some more facts…

There were 56 signatories of the Declaration of Independence.

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston comprised the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration. Jefferson, regarded as the strongest and most eloquent writer, wrote most of the document.  (John Hancock, President of the Second Continental Congress, was the first signer. This merchant by trade did so in an entirely blank space making it the largest and most famous signature — hence the term John Hancock, which is still used today as a synonym for signature.)

The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. This was also the day that the Declaration of Independence was first read in public after people were summoned by the ringing of the Liberty Bell.

The Declaration of Independence was first presented to Congress on June 28, 1776, after more than a year of trying to appeal the practice of taxation by England without representation in the English Parliament.

The flag was adopted on June 14, 1777.

50 flags are flown 24 hours a day at the Washington Monument.

Originally, the stars on the flag were arranged in a circle to denote the equality of all the colonies.

Setting off firecrackers formed part of the early Independence Day celebrations. This made the horses miserable.

Thomas Jefferson died on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. So did John Adams who also signed the Declaration.

According to one article, if Benjamin Franklin had had his way, the turkey would have been the animal on the flag instead of the bald eagle.

President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.

Bristol, Rhode Island has been celebrating independence continuously since 1785.

Only 2.5 million people lived in the US in 1776, about 314 million live here now.

The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801.


Happy 4th of July. Hope its full of Boxego moments.

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