June 19

Independence Day Trivia

Categories: Just For Fun,

As we approach the celebration of our nation's birth, you might be interested in some Independence Day trivia.  Use it to amaze your friends and family, or just amuse yourself.

 

  • The Declaration of Independence was first adopted on July 2, 1776, two days later a revised version was adopted.  Without the revision we would be celebrating the 2nd of July each year.

 

  • One of our treasured patriotic songs, "Yankee Doodle", was sung originally by British military officers before the Revolution to mock the disorganization of American colonists who fought with them in the French and Indian Wars.

 

  • Three Presidents have died on July 4th:  John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.  In fact, Adams and Jefferson died within hours in 1826, Monroe died in 1831.

 

  • The biggest hot dog day of the year in the United States is the 4th of July.  We will eat approximately 155 million on that day!

 

  • The very first 4th of July celebration was in Philadelphia in 1777, it included a parade, a 13 cannon salute, and fireworks.  The oldest continuous celebration is in Bristol, Rhode Island, their annual celebration began in 1785.

 

  • Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 8 were born in England.

 

  • The oldest signer of the Declaration of Independence was Benjamin Franklin, he was 70.  The youngest signer was just 27, Edward Rutledge.  The average age of all signers was 45.

 

  • Francis Scott Key wrote the "Star Spangled Banner" during the War of 1812, however, it did not become the national anthem until 1931.

 

  • The Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty are both foreign made.  The Bell in England and the Statue in France.

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