The 4th of July is one of the most anticipated BBQ day celebrations of the summer. It not only is a great time to get together with family and friends, but a day to remember when our founders declared our independence from tyrannical Great Britain. It’s important for our country to remember where we came from, and why we implemented certain laws and documents into being. The Declaration of Independence is a very important part of our history because it declared our freedom from Great Britain and gave every man and woman the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
There are many well known facts surrounding the Declaration of Independence, and a few facts that are not very well known.
Here are the top 5 little known facts:
- Many people assume the 4th of July is the day that Congress declared our independence. But that is actually not the case. Congress declared our independence on July 2, 1776.
- July 4th is the day that the founders approved the wording in the Declaration of Independence.
- The Declaration was signed on August 2, 1776 by everyone except Jon Hancock who did sign on the 4th.
- Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the 50th anniversary
- Robert Livingston helped to write the Declaration but refused to sign it
Interesting Facts about the 1770’s:
- Great Britain collected 12% tax on GDP prior to us breaking free. Compared to the current system that takes more than double, that isn’t looking so bad!
- According to shmoop.com as many as 500,000 white Americans remained loyal to Great Britain during the revolution
- By the end of 1775 America had 37 newspapers (being printed in different colonies).
- 1777 was when the first celebrations of the holiday began. Philadelphians set of firecrackers, rang bells, shot guns, and celebrated the one year anniversary.
- In 1989 a very rare copy of the Declaration of Independence was found and sold for over $8 million in 2000.