As you’re out enjoying your cookouts, beer, and fireworks (unless you’re in one of the cities who have burn bans and thus no fireworks) remember what we are celebrating — and why it is you have Monday off work!
Due to Great Britain imposing more rules and higher taxes on the colonies, the Congress met in Philadelphia to appoint a committee to write a document telling Great Britain they are declaring independence. On June 28, 1776 this committee met again to go over the draft Thomas Jefferson wrote until they revised it and declared independence on July 2nd. The Declaration of Independence was officially adopted on July 4th.
Most people are familiar with only one sentence of the Declaration :
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Some Fun Fourth Facts:
July 4, 1776 is when John Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. August 2nd is when 50 of the 56 signers of the Declaration actually signed it.
Though it wasn’t declared a national holiday until 1941, the first July 4th party was at the White House in 1801.
There is a 1-in-6 chance the beef you’re grilling is from Texas since Texas is the leading state in the production of cattle.
Your lettuce is probably from California as that state accounts for 3/4th of USA lettuce production.
The national anthem is set to the tune of an old English drinking song.
Benjamin Franklin wanted the national animal to be the turkey, fortunately Thomas Jefferson and John Adams suggested the Bald Eagle.
Three presidents have died on July 4th but Calvin Coolidge is the only president born on the 4th.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the 50th Anniversary of the declaration’s signing.
Cheesy Jokes For Your Cookout:
Why did the duck say bang? Because he was a firequacker.
What was George Washington’s favorite tree? The infantry.
What protest by a group of dogs happened in 1773? The Boston Flea Party.
So Happy Birthday America. And on this holiday weekend, let us all remember the men and women who have and continue to serve to keep our great nation what it is: Free.