4th of July Fun Facts
Everyone knows the 4th of July as America's birthday. It’s a day to barbecue with your family, watch fireworks, go to the beach, celebrate freedom and, of course, remember those who sacrificed their lives for us. But there are actually some fun facts that you may not know about this patriotic day!
America becoming an independent nation wasn’t just on the 4th of July.
The 4th of July doesn’t mark the signing of the Declaration of Independence, just the adoption of it. Only two Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The rest signed on August 2, 1776. In John Adams’ famous letter to his wife, dated July 3, 1776, he said he believed July 2nd would be celebrated as American Independence Day, since the Congress had actually voted to end all ties with Great Britain the day before
Why red, white and blue?
Most people wear red, white and blue this time of year. Of course, it represents the stars and stripes on our American flag, but the common story is that the colors represent purity and innocence (white), hardiness and valor (red), and vigilance, perseverance and justice (blue).
Fireworks on the 4th of July is a tradition dating back to 1777, the first anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Again, found in John Adams’ famous letter to his wife, he wrote that Independence Day was to be celebrated with pomp, parade, shows and illuminations.
The original draft of the Declaration of Independence was lost.
The original Declaration of Independence is probably the most important document in the history of the United States. And amazingly enough, no one knows where it is.
We’re not the only country that celebrates the 4th of July.
In the Philippines, the 4th of July is Republic Day, which represents their independence from the U.S. The Philippines were a U.S. territory until 1946. In Rwanda, the 4th of July is Liberation Day, which represents when the country ended the awful Rwandan Genocide in 1994. Other countries, including Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden also celebrate the 4th of July as a way to bring in American tourists.