Happy Birthday, America!
I went to Trivia Night at a local Bar & Grill tonight and discovered that I don't know much about American history. :) Here are some of the fun facts about July 4th that I just learned:
- One US President was born on July 4th:
Calvin Coolidge, 1872
- Three US Presidents passed away on July 4th:
John Adams & Thomas Jefferson, 1826
James Monroe, 1831
- The Declaration of Independence was...
... written primarily by Thomas Jefferson.
... the formal explanation of what the Continental Congress voted on on July 2, 1776 (to declare the colonies' independence from Great Britain).
... adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.
... first read to the colonists on July 8, 1776, in Philadelphia's Independence Square.
... eventually signed by 56 delegates, 2 of which would later become US Presidents.
- Fireworks were used to celebrate the 4th of July during the first observance in 1777.
- Independence Day wasn't a federal holiday until 1938.
Hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend!