The Fourth of July is a very important American holiday. Here are 5 trivia and little-known facts about Fourth of July.
1. Almost was Second of July.
Fourth of July, or Independence Day, has a a ring to it and sounds right. It could have easily have been Second of July though. On July 4, 1776 the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. July 2nd, however, is actually the day the delegates voted on the Declaration. The document wasn’t completed and printed until the 4th though. This could be the reason why this holiday has been celebrated on the 4th and not the 2nd.
2. Three former Presidents of the United States died on a July 4th.
Maybe it’s just a coincidence but three former Presidents of the United States died on a July 4th. Two of them actually died on the same exact July 4th just hours apart. These two presidents were Thomas Jefferson and John Adams and they both died on July 4, 1826. What is very interesting about their deaths is that not only did they die on the same day on a July 4th but it was also the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The other former president that died on a July 4th was James Monroe. He died on July 4th in the year of 1831.
3. It’s one of only four federal holidays that are celebrated on the same day every year.
Although there are many holidays throughout that year, there are only four federal holidays that are celebrated on the same day each year and Independence Day is one of them. The other three holidays are New Year’s Day, which is celebrated on January 1st, Veteran’s Day, which is celebrated on November 11th, and Christmas Day, which is celebrated on December 25th.
4. It took almost 100 years for July 4th to become a federal holiday.
Although Independence Day has been celebrated every year since the first one it wasn’t officially a federal holiday until 1870. This is when the United States Congress made July 4th a federal holiday.
5. Fireworks have been a long standing tradition.
In the early years cannon fire was very popular during 4th of July celebrations. As cannons became not as popular this tradition was stopped. Fireworks, however, have been apart of Independence Day celebrations since the early days. There is a very popular firework show held in New York every year that usually draws a crowd of 2 million people. Even more people watch the firework show at home on TV.