For many people, the 4th of July is just another opportunity to relax from their daily work with a couple of cold beers. Poor guys! There’s much more to Independence Day in America, because it’s a very meaningful and interesting holiday, probably one of the most interesting holidays in America.
Here are 12 fun facts about the US Independence Day that will surely surprise you:
Was Declaration of Independence signed by all representatives of the Thirteen Colonies? No, it was signed only by two people.
Was there a president who was born on the 4th of July? Yes, the 30th president of the US, Calvin Coolidge was born on the 4thof July 1872.
What’s the story behind Nathan’s Hot Dog Contest? According to the legend, four immigrants tried to find out who had stronger patriotic feelings. They have decided to give the title of the winner to the person who could eat more hot dogs.
Initially, the 4th of July was an unpaid federal holiday. When did it become a paid one? 4th of July became a paid federal holiday in 1938
Among the five first presidents, three died on the 4th of July. Did you know it? John Adams, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson died on the 4th of July. Even more surprisingly, Adams and Jefferson died on the same day, when the Independence was celebrated for the 50th time.
Do people celebrate the 4th of July in other countries? Yes. Celebrations are held in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Portugal. Norwegians and Danes celebrate this holiday because many citizens of these countries emigrated to the US in the beginning of the 20th century.
What was the first time when fireworks were utilized for the 4th of July celebrations? For the first time, fireworks were used to celebrate the Independence Day in 1777.
In what newspaper the Declaration of Independence was printed first? Declaration of Independence was first printed by The Pennsylvania Evening Post.
Can you name a country which obtained independence from the US on the 4th of July? The country that obtained independence from the US on the 4th of July in 1946 was the Philippines.
Who performed a 4-0 no-hitter on the 4th of July in 1983? Dave Righetti from The New York Yankees’ threw a 4-0 no-hitter on the 4th of July 1983.
Thanks to which president the 4th of July was first celebrated in the White House? 4th of July was first celebrated in the White House owing to Thomas Jefferson.
What’s the number of people who lived in the Thirteen Colonies upon signing of the Declaration of Independence? 2.5 million lived in the Thirteen Colonies when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
Now you’re ready to surprise your family and friends with these fun facts!