The 4th of July is almost here and it’s celebration time across the US. These are the days when you bring out your grill, chill some beers and get ready for a crazy independence celebration with your friends and family.
But if you’re still wondering what the hype is all about, here are 10 interesting facts about the day that will make you want to join in the celebrations right away.
1. The signing of declaration
Only two people had actually signed the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July: John Hancock and Charles Thomson, secretary of the Congress. Most of the other members ended up signing on the 2nd of August.
2. The celebration spirits
George Washington had ordered a double ration of rum for him soldiers to celebrate the Fourth of July in 1778. Now we’re just not surprised about where the spirit of celebration comes down from!
3. The pursuit of happiness
Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President of the US, reworded ‘the pursuit of property’ to ‘the pursuit of happiness’ in the declaration. Giving everyone just one more reason to be happy.
4. The official holiday
July 4th was declared as an official holiday in 1870 as a part of the bill to recognise other holidays across the US. Yes, even Christmas was one of them and aren’t we all glad for these off-days?
5. The celebration of freedom
The Philippines and Rwanda celebrate the day as a day of liberation. In Southeast Asia, the day is ‘Republic Day’ and the Rwandans celebrate it as ‘Liberation Day’. No matter what you call it, 4th of July is definitely for celebrating.
Other countries like England, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Portugal, celebrate the 4th of July as well with most of their citizens having moved to the US, and sometimes simply draw in more tourists!
Ps. Did you know that the Declaration of Independence was used a beacon by several other countries like France, Greece, Russia, Poland and many others in the South America?
6. The Yankees were real
A popular American patriotic song, the Yankee Doodle, was originally sung prior to the Revolution by the British officers. It was more of mockery to the unorganised, buckskin wearing ‘yankees’ at that point of time.
7. The food game is always on point
Believe it or not, no matter how many varieties of junk food come in, hot dogs will always remain popular. More than 150 million hot dogs are consumed on every Fourth of July. An average of $92 million are spent on chips and $341.4 million are spent on buying beer. We’re not complaining, because the combination definitely sounds good!
8. The fireworks matter
Fireworks are a major part of the Fourth of July. You won’t see the day passing by without beautiful pictures being captured by photographers. But here’s an unusual fact – miners blew up the post office in Swan, Colorado in 1884 simply because they weren’t sent fireworks. We’re just glad they are easily accessible now.
9. The celebrations go back in time
The oldest Independence Day celebration in the US was in Bristol, Rhode Island, on the 4th of July in 1785. Traditions run long and we’re definitely not the ones to ignore them.
And last but not the least..
10. The American flag
The stars on the original flag were placed in circle. This depicted that all the Colonies would appear equal. While we leave you wondering why it changed, it is time to go out there and hoist the flag as high as possible, because we love it as is! 😀
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