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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
Today, I thought I’d share some interesting facts about the 4th of July.
July 4, 1776 – US Declaration of Independence
The US Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress and signed by 56 delegates from the 13 colonies. Benjamin Franklin (age 70) was the oldest signer and Edward Rutledge (age 26) was the youngest.
July 4, 1778
George Washington ordered a double ration of rum for American soldiers to celebrate.
July 4, 1802 – West Point
West Point Military Academy officially opened (after being appointed the official United States Military Academy).
July 4, 1826 – Thomas Jefferson/John Adams
Two American Presidents die on the same day about two hours apart.
July 4, 1831 – Monroe
President James Monroe died on this date. He is the third President to die on July 4th.
July 4, 1850 – President Zachary Taylor
During the holiday, President Taylor attending a ceremony at the Washington Monument. At a party, Taylor ate from a bowl of cherries in cream that had been out in the hot sun all day. Following this event, he suffered from severe stomach pains and vomiting. He died a few days later.
July 4, 1862 – Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll told Alice Liddell a story about a girl named Alice, who goes to a very interesting place called Wonderland.
July 4, 1872 – Coolidge
President Calvin Coolidge was born on this date.
July 4, 1881 – President Garfield
On this day, President Garfield was in a hospital bed after having been shot twice on July 2nd. He died from these wounds on September 19, 1881.
July 4, 1886 – The Statue of Liberty
The people of France give the Statue of Liberty to the citizens of the United States.
July 4, 1940 – President Roosevelt
On this day, Roosevelt donated the first presidential library to the US.
July 4, 1960 – U.S.A adds Hawaii
On this date, the United states added the 50th star to the American flag.
July 4, 1976 – 200th Birthday
The Bicentennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
July 4, 1979 – Seward, Nebraska
Seward, Nebraska has held a 4th of July celebration in the same square every year. In 1979, Congress designated this small town “America’s Official Fourth of July City – Small Town USA.” Their normal population of 6,000 explodes to roughly 40,000 during the July 4th holiday.
July 4, 1998 – Malia Obama
That’s right, July 4th is Malia Obama’s birthday. This year, she will celebrate her 19th birthday.
July 4th is also a day of independence in the Philippines (it is called Republic Day) and in Rwanda (known as Liberation Day).
July 4th is also known as National Hot Dog Day as 155 million hot dogs are eaten every 4th of July. In addition, we spend $203 million on condiments, $92 million on chips and drink 68.3 million cases of beer.
This is quite different from the meal John and Abigail Adams celebrated with: Turtle soup, New England poached salmon with egg sauce, green peas, and boiled new potatoes. For dessert they had apple pandowdy and Indian pudding.
July 4th and the Liberty Bell
Due to the fear of cracking, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since the 1840s; however, each July 4th, the Bell is symbolically tapped 13 times to represent the original 13 colonies. Of note, the Liberty Bell was cast in England which means two of our most treasured American beacons of freedom were made in other countries.
Have a Happy and Safe 4th everyone!