Each year families celebrate the Fourth of July with barbecues, gatherings, and fire works. Most people know that the holiday is Independence Day and represents the signing of the Declaration of Independence. However, there are several little known facts about the signing of the Declaration. This article shares some of those facts and offers trivia about Independence Day.
Little known Fact Number One:
Those who signed the Declaration of Independence actually feared being hung for doing so. You see, King George was absolutely against the movement. He threatened those who considered signing with death by hanging. It was considered to be an act of treason to sign the Declaration. On July 2, 1776 Ben Franklin stated to John Hancock “Yes, we must all hang together, or, most assuredly we shall all hang separately”. This statement reflects the concern of the congress regarding going against King George. They felt as a group the must stick together. The signers of the Declaration of Independence debated over signing for three days before July fourth. This information can be found in “Chronicle of America” published by Chronicle Publications, on page 154 under the heading “Congress Delegates Sign Declaration”.
Little known Fact Number Two:
The first thought and motion to create a declaration of independence occurred on June 7, 1776. The idea was brought forth by Richard Henry Lee. He decided it was time to do something to gain Independence from Britain. (ushistory)
Little Known Fact Number Three:
On the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence BOTH John Adams and Thomas Jefferson passed away. They both passed away at their homes. Thomas Jefferson was the first to die on that day and Adams died just a few short hours later. John Adams is the president who took Thomas Jefferson’s place as president in 1826. He won by three votes. (“Chronicle of America” published by Chronicle Publications, page 283, “Founding Fathers Jefferson and Adams die on Independence Day”.
Ready for some trivia? Here are a couple things you may not know about the way we celebrate the Fourth of July…
Why do people celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks?
The answer? John Adams wanted to. John Adams and his wife Abigail thought that the holiday should be celebrated with a bang. They decided that the celebration of independence should be significant and festive. So, the reason America now celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks is simply because one man and his lovely wife wanted to. (slate.com)
Another piece of trivia?
Where do almost ALL of the fireworks used to celebrate the Fourth of July come from?
The answer? It may surprise you. 99 percent of the fireworks that we Americans use to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday come from China, not America. (nytimes)