Hi! Terrible Trio here! First of all, before anything else…
Now that that’s done…
Welcome to the second day of Stuffie Takeover Week! Stuffie Takeover Week is the first week of every month, in which instead of our owners making posts featuring us, we will have a chance to make the posts and manage the blog ourselves. Today, we (Toto, Bunny Baby, and Strawberry) are going to share some fun facts and trivia about this special day in American history. We got Kenzie to take some random patriotic photos of us, too, which you can stare at along the way. 😛
Fun Fact #1
Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.
Fun Fact #2
Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
Fun Fact #3
7 of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were educated at Harvard!
Fun Fact #4
The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
Fun Fact #5
President John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth. Adams and Jefferson (both signed the Declaration) died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.
Fun Fact #6
Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who recommended the bald eagle.
Fun Fact #7
Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a “laptop” – that is, a writing desk that could fit in his lap.
Fun Fact #8
The oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States is the 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island which began in 1785.
Fun Fact #9
Did you know Thomas Jefferson changed the wording of the Declaration of Independence from “the pursuit of property” to “the pursuit of happiness”?
Fun Fact #10
The Liberty Bell had nothing to do with July 4th. It wasn’t called the “Liberty Bell” until the 1830s and that’s also when it got its famous crack.
Fun Fact #11
The printed version of the Declaration was called the Dunlap Broadside – 200 were made but only 27 are accounted for. One of these was found in the back of picture frame at a tag sale and sold at auction for $8.14 million to television producer Norman Lear. It now travels the country to be displayed to the public.
Fun Fact #12
2017 marks this year as the 241st Independence Day.
Fun Fact #13
According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, the Fourth of July is the most popular day for grilling.
Fun Fact #14
In 2012, fireworks sales by wholesalers totaled $482.6 million and sales by retailers totaled $368.6.
Fun Fact #15 (last one!)
The Fourth of July did not become a federal holiday until 1870. However, it wasn’t a paid holiday. The U.S. Congress didn’t expand the grant to make it a paid holiday until 1941.
Yay!! That’s all! We hope you enjoyed it! (And just to clarify, all these were found off the Internet and belong to their original owners. 🙂 )
What’s the fact you find most surprising? What’s one fact that you already knew like the back of your hand?