Independence Day (Fourth of July) Trivia

independence-day1Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a national holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Here are some trivia regarding Independence Day:

  • The Liberty Bell was first heard from the tower of Independence Hall on July 8, 1776, calling citizens to gather for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.
  • The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804.
  • Three former US President died on Independence Day. Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826 in the 50th anniversary of the event while James Monroe died July 4, 1836 in Richmond, Virginia
  • Calvin Coolidge was born July 4, 1872
  • Only in 1941 did the Congress declared July 4 a federal legal holiday.
  • Betsy Ross, according to legend, sewed the first American flag in May or June 1776, as commissioned by the Congressional Committee.
  • The word ‘patriotism’ comes from the Latin patria, which means ‘homeland’ or ‘fatherland.’
  • The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it.
  • Thomas McKean was the last to sign in January, 1777.
  • The origin of Uncle Sam probably began in 1812, when Samuel Wilson was a meat packer who provided meat to the US Army. The meat shipments were stamped with the initials, U.S. Someone joked that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam”. This joke eventually led to the idea of Uncle Sam symbolizing the United States government.

If you know any related trivia about 4th of July, feel free to share 🙂

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7 Responses

  1. “Three former US President died on Independence Day. Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826 in the 50th anniversary of the event while James Monroe died July 4, 1836 in Richmond, Virginia”

    Wow! What a nationalistic date for their deaths!

  2. oo nga e parang sinadya grabe!

  3. talaga 1776 pa?

    teka ang dami mong trivia san mo naman
    nakuha yan!

    heheh

  4. jan sa lumang baul ni inang hehe.

  5. uy red! hmmm…dapat sa yo magwork sa ministr of info…hahahah galing namna ng trivia mo…
    prams sa susunod sponsor ka rin hahahaha

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