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Before you head to your Independence Day festivities, take a peek at these fun facts about the holiday to celebrate the Fourth as it should be celebrated–with food, fireworks, and HISTORY!
1. Only 2 people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.
The fourth of July is not the day the Declaration of Independence was signed–it’s actually the day the document was formally dated, finalized, and adopted by the Continental Congress. In fact, most of the 54 signees on the Declaration of Independence signed the document on August 2nd! But no one throws 2nd of August BBQ’s.
2. Over 150 million hot dogs will be consumed by Americans on the Fourth of July.
That’s not even counting buns!
3. Although celebrated as early as 1777, July 4th wasn’t recognized as a national holiday until 1870!
That’s almost a hundred years of America not getting to celebrate its birthday. What a bummer!
4. To commemorate July 4th in 1778, George Washington ordered double rations of rum for his soldiers.
If you ever wanted to know where the rum went, now you know.
5. July 4th is the day the Philippines gained their independence, too! From the US! (Awkward).
On July 4th, 1946, the United States signed the Treaty of Manila which recognized the Philippines, formerly a US territory, as its own nation. However, the Philippines celebrate their Independence Day on June 12, marking the day their own declaration of independence was signed.
6. Benjamin Franklin never wanted the eagle to be the symbol of the United States
Ben Franklin had nothing but contempt for the bald eagle, writing in a letter to his daughter that “He is a Bird of bad moral character. He does not get his Living honestly…You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labor of the Fishing Hawk.” Harsh. His preference for the feathered symbol of the land of the free?
“Turk’y…[is a] true original Native of America…He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red coat on.”
Sorry, Ben. Save your turkey love for Thanksgiving.
From everyone here at Guru, have a safe and sensational Fourth of July!