Happy Independence Day!

I know it’s a little late, but I was unable to get online yesterday. Overall, the day was fun and I definitely enjoyed it.

We didn’t go see a full display of Fireworks, but we did get to see a few that were near our home. We had our Now-2-years-old daughter when we went outside to see them. She hugged Daddy VERY tightly. But near the last few, she said “Ooooh” and smiled. But it took some time and reassurance. Next year is when we’ll do a full on thing and she may be old enough to remember. ;D But for now, it was a nice event.

What did you do for 4th of July?

And now, some Independence Day Trivia and fun facts!

* In May, 1776, after nearly a year of trying to resolve their differences with England, the colonies sent delegates to the Second Continental Congress. Finally, in June, admitting that their efforts were hopeless; a committee was formed to compose the formal Declaration of Independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the committee also included John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman. On June 28, 1776, Thomas Jefferson presented the first draft of the declaration to Congress.

* Betsy Ross, according to legend, sewed the first American flag in May or June 1776, as commissioned by the Congressional Committee.

* Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.

* The Liberty Bell sounded from the tower of Independence Hall on July 8, 1776, summoning citizens to gather for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.

* Before cars ruled the roadway, the Fourth of July was traditionally the most miserable day of the year for horses, tormented by all the noise and by the boys and girls who threw firecrackers at them.

* Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826. (Okay, not so fun, but still…)

* The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it.

* In 1941, Congress declared4th of July a federal legal holiday. It is one of the few federal holidays that have not been moved to the nearest Friday or Monday.

AND FINALLY!

Why July 4th?

* Because congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.

TADAHHH!

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2 thoughts on “Happy Independence Day!

  1. I would not be happy with my colonial children if they threw firecrackers at the horses. That’s terrible! Great post. I always love fun facts.

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