It’s the time of year to celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by enjoying festivities, watching fireworks and enjoying delicious barbecue. For some of us, having some extra time off of work certainly is another perk that we look forward to and appreciate.
While you are having fun in the sun with family and friends throw out a few fun facts about this very American holiday.
According to U. S. Government Facts Website (www.census.gov.):
- There were 2.5 million people living in the colonies in 1776
- Benjamin Franklin was the oldest signer of the document. He was 70 years old
- Edward Rutledge was the youngest signer of the document at 26 years of age
CBS website (www.cbsnews.com) also cites some trivia:
- Thomas Jefferson drafted the document on a “lap top”. In those days the “lap top” was a small wooden lap desk
- Thomas Jefferson changed the wording of the Declaration of Independence from “pursuit of property” to “pursuit of happiness”
- Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826 on the 50th anniversary of the signing
Some additional fun facts from A + E (www.history.com):
- 63% attend fireworks
- 80% attend barbecues
- 66% display the American flag
- 32% watch a parade
- 150 million Americans eat hot dogs and about 1/3 of all hot dogs in the U.S. come from Iowa
- Macy’s has the largest Fourth of July fireworks show in the nation in New York City
So as we celebrate and have fun this holiday, let us remember the story of our great nation and appreciate the sacrifices that were made so we can be a free, independent nation.
Happy Fourth of July!