Have you ever wondered about the background of the Fourth of July? Have you ever had thoughts about the facts that are not as discussed, like the knowledge that we’ve all grown to become comfortable with? Well, there are many lesser known facts that we’ve yet to tap into. Here are few, to spark your interest in discovering more.
(1). When is the real Independence Day?
According to the Farmers Almanac, even though Independence day was officially announced on July 4th, the official signing was on August 2nd. And then the Colony accepted it on July 2nd. July 2nd, was the day that John Adams, the first president to make the proposition to honor this day, wanted to be Independence day. He stated this, in a letter written to his wife, Abigail. It was his intention to make the 2nd a day to remember. So, the question remains. Will there ever be a solid answer?
(2). There have been 28 versions of the American Flag
From the year of 1775, there have been 28 flags, representative of the United States. The first flag, had a white background, baring a green pine tree and the words, “An Appeal to Heaven”. There was one called a Forster flag, the Sons of Liberty flag and of course, the flag sewn by Betsy Ross. At one point, The Grand Union flag was the British flag and the American combined. It was styled like the British flag that you see today and the stripes from the American flag.
(3). The Average age of those that signed the Declaration of Independence were 45.
Thomas Lynch of South Carolina was the youngest signer. Thomas was 27. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest, at the age of 70.
(4). Did you know that most of the Fourth of July’s celebrations come from China?
Yes, it is true. Almost 88% of the US flags are imported from China. As is almost 98% of the fireworks. America spends over 210 million dollars on Fireworks from China alone.
(5). Benjamin Franklin did not want the Bald Eagle to be the Nation’s Bird.
Benjamin Franklin was completely against having the Bald Eagle represent America. He stated in a letter to his daughter, that he thought that the Bald Eagle did not represent the hard work of America. He said, that the bird was lazy. He didn’t like the way that the bird went about getting his food. Usually, the Bald Eagle will sit on a log and wait, while others birds work hard and scavenged for their food. Once they’ve collected their dinner, then the Bald Eagle comes in and takes it away form them. Benjamin Franklin didn’t think that was fair. He felt that the Bald Eagle did not have integrity. And that a different bird should have been chosen. Wonder what type of bird he thought was right to represent this nation?
*If you’re interested in reading more about the information, log onto to the following links to discover more about our great nation’s history.*
To look at the entirety of the American flag designs: http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/