Independence Day is one of the most famous days in America and the world. So here are some interesting facts about that special day in America.
Independence Day in the United States
1. Fourth of July is considered the Independence Day in America and also the Liberation Day in Rwanda and the Republic Day in the Philippines.
2. America won its independence after signing a document called the Declaration of Independence, declared to King George III of England.
3. The date in the US marks the signing of their Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1776.
4. In fact, the Independence Day was not on July 4, but instead it was on July 2 when the Continental Congress approved the legal separation of the 13 colonies from Great Britain.
5. Only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776, who were John Hancock and Charles Thompson.
6. The wording of the Declaration of Independence was changed from “the pursuit of property” to “the pursuit of happiness.”
7. The average age of those who signed the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest age was 27. And the oldest age was 70.
8. Several countries have used that Declaration as a beacon in their own struggle for freedom. These countries include: France, Greece, Poland, Russia and many countries in South America.
9. The first Fourth of July celebration was in 1777 but it was not called the Independence Day until 1791.
10. Britain used to exploit America’s different resources, specifically tobacco, which was the reason why Americans decided to fight the British to stop them from exploiting their resources.
11. The Independence Day is not only a historical event but also a federal and national holiday in The United States of America.
12. July 4 is the only day of the year on which three US presidents died: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1826 and James Monroe in 1831.
13. Calvin Coolidge is considered the only US president that was born on the Fourth of July.
14. The most common symbol of the holiday is the American flag. And the most common musical accompaniment is “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States.
15. Celebrations on Independence Day include festivals which include concerts, bonfires. Families and friends also gather together, enjoy outdoor barbecues, parties, go for picnics, and watch fireworks displays and parades throughout the country.