The biggest patriotic holiday in the United States of America is here. 4th of July 2018 marks its 242nd anniversary of the independence from the British monarch, King George III. Since the independence, the United States of America has become an epitome of the free world and this day’s historical and national significance continues to grow even more. Today, eCelebrityFacts brings to you eight facts about the Fourth of July you probably didn't know.
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2nd of July?
The actual day of the independence of the United States is July 2nd, 1776 but the Congress accepted Thomas Jefferson’s declaration two days later on July 4th. However, only two people, John Hancock and Charles Thompson, signed the declaration on the 4th. Rest of the others signed the document a month later on August 2nd. That makes the famous 1819 “Declaration of Independence” painting by John Trumbull, a symbol of unity rather than a piece of historical accuracy.
United Thirteen States of America
During the time of the independence, American Flag had thirteen stars in a circle, representing the thirteen colonies ruled by the British. In 1776, the population of the entire new nation was about 2.5 million. Now, the third largest city in the US, Chicago, has more population at 2.7 million.
The origin of Liberty
Did you know that the two iconic landmarks of the United States, The Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell were not actually built in the country? The statue of Roman liberty goddess, Libertas, was gifted to the US by the people of France and was dedicated on October 16, 1886. The Liberty Bell, on the other hand, was cast in London and was cracked when rung upon arrival in Philadelphia. It was twice recast by local workmen.
Massachusetts became the first state on July 3, 1981 to recognize Independence day as a holiday. However, it was only on June 28, 1870, that it was recognized as a federal holiday, along with New Year, Christmas and Thanksgiving. It was still an unpaid holiday until 1941.
Three presidents have passed away on Independence Day, two of them being the founding fathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Adams and Jefferson both passed away on the same day, July 4, 1826, within a span of hours, fifty years after they helped free their country. They were also the only two who became presidents among the 56 delegates signing the declaration. The third president to share the same fate was James Monroe who passed away in 1831.
Bigger Holiday than Christmas
While Fourth of July is not exactly a festive season, it is still a bigger holiday than Christmas in terms of foods and drinks. According to the National Retail Federation, 216 million Americans are expected to observe the holiday and spend a massive $6.9 billion on food in 2018. While that is a mind-boggling number, it is still less than last years’ expense, which was a whopping $7.1 billion, partly because the holiday falls in the middle of the week this year. It is estimated that 150 million hot dogs get consumed during the holiday.
A Patriotic Affair
Talking about celebrations, Fourth of July wouldn’t be complete without fireworks. There will be over 15,000 fireworks shows all across the country, 15,000! With many municipalities spending from $5,000 to $30,000, the total cost of fireworks in 2016 was over $800 million. A national holiday calls for patriotic merchandise, especially flags. Over $5 million will be spent on flags this year. Majority of fireworks and flags are imported from China.
Happy 4th of July to you as well
America gained its independence on the Fourth of July, 1776, and 170 years later, it chose to free The Philippines on the same day. The Philippines was governed by the United States for some time and was later a commonwealth. The people of Philippines celebrate the Fourth of July as “Republic Day.”
In Rwanda, they celebrate the day as “Liberation Day.”
Happy Fourth of July to you and your family. How are you planning to spend Uncle Sam’s birthday? Let us know in the comments below.