Happy 4th of July, Everyone! Independence day is a time when Americans come together with loved ones and friends to celebrate the birth of our country with hamburgers, hotdogs, watermelon and fireworks. I thought it would be fun to share some interesting facts about this holiday. These tidbits would make for a great conversation or game at your holiday get together.
Independence Day Facts
- The average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45.
- The youngest and oldest signers of the Declaration of Independence were Edward Rutledge, who was 26 years old and Benjamin Franklin, who was 70 years old.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be our national bird but was outvoted.
- The first White House celebration included a thirteen gun salute in honor of the thirteen colonies.
- In 1983, Congress made Independence day a paid federal holiday.
- On this day, every year the Liberty bell in Philadelphia is tapped thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.
- In 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was approved there were only 2.5 million people residing in thirteen colonies, now there are an estimated 311.7 million occupying the 50 states.
Deaths on the 4th of July
- John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both signers of the Declaration of Independence and US Presidents, died on the same day, July 4, 1826. This was the 50th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence
- James Monroe, also a founding father and 4th President of the United States, died on July 4, 1918.
- Marie Curie, the only woman to win two Nobel Prizes also died on July 4th in 1934. Might I ad she is the only person to win 2 Nobel Prizes in two different fields of science.
Births on the 4th of July
- Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, was born on July 4, 1872. To date he is the only President to be born on the 4th of July.
- Ann Landers and twin sister Abigail VanBuren, both advice columnists were born on July 4, 1918.
- Malia Obama, daughter of the 44th US President was born on July 4, 1998.
- Neil Simon, the American playwright, was also born on July 4th.
Other Happenings and Interesting Facts
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published on July 4, 1865.
- In 1989, a bargain hunter bought an old and torn painting for $4 and found an old copy of the Declaration of Independence hidden between the canvas and the frame. He later sold the copy at an auction for $8.14 million.
- Americans will spend an estimated $600 million on fireworks over the July 4th holiday.
- An estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed.
- Almost all of the watermelon to be eaten on the 4th will have come from Florida, where 750 lbs of watermelon are grown.
I hope you have enjoyed these interesting bits of information and will use them at your 4th of July celebration. Interview your friends and family and see how much they know about this great holiday.
As for myself and The Right Solutions family, we wish all of you a Safe and Happy 4th of July!