The 4th of July holiday commemorates our country’s birthday. On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, adopting the final draft of the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming our sovereignty from Great Britain.
There are so many ways Americans commonly choose to celebrate this holiday – from family-friendly festivals, fireworks and parades to feasting on traditional foods like hot dogs and barbecue... but we thought we'd share some fun tidbits that you can share with friends and family during your celebration of this important holiday!
Here are 10 interesting things you may or may not already know about the 4th of July:
1. Initially adopted by Congress on July 2, 1776, the revised version of the Declaration of Independence was not adopted until two days later.
2. The Declaration of Independence was penned by Thomas Jefferson and signed by 56 men representing 13 colonies. The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest at age 70, and Edward Rutledge was the youngest at age 26.
3. Three U.S. Presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, died on July 4th; Adams and Jefferson died within hours of each other in 1826 while Monroe died in 1831.
4. In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million. According to the U.S. and World Population Clock, the nation’s estimated population in July 2017 will be 325.3 million.
5. The country’s 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on Independence Day in 1872.
6. Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs on Independence Day alone; it is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year.
7. Americans began observing the Fourth of July as early as 1777, when the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade and a thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks.
8. To avoid cracking it, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. To mark the quintessential day, every fourth of July it is symbolically tapped 13 times.
9. Eight of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in Britain.
10. The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 professional firework displays light up the skies in the United States each 4th of July.
The entire team at Curtis Newborn Photographic wishes you the best for a safe & relaxing holiday!