…and a little history.
The 4th of July, also known as Independence Day has been celebrated all over the United States since 1941, but do we really even know what we are celebrating?! Of course that is, other than hotdogs, fireworks, and the best block parties around town.. Well, lucky for you we have taken it upon us to look in to it and share a little more about what we are really celebrating!
It is a fairly short and sweet story, and we don’t call it “Independence Day” for nothing! It is often referred to as that because on this day in 1776 delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, the famous historic document written by Thomas Jefferson. So let freedom ring, and glasses cling to our amazing freedom and independence!
And if that is not enough to celebrate, we have come up with some facts for you as well!
- Some people think we should actually celebrate on July 2nd?! So the real question is, do we make it one day or just call it a day and celebrate the whole week?!
- Philidelphia’s famous bell was not rung on the 4th, but the 8th of July when the Declaration of Independence was first read aloud to the public!
- 3 of our founding fathers passed away on Independence day! John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe!
- Fireworks were officially named an acceptable form of celebration on Independence day way back in 1777.
- Today there are more than 14,000 fireworks on display around the United States!
- The largest show is the Macy’s Spectacular show in New York City, setting off nearly 75,000 pounds of fireworks in half an hour!
- In 1941 Congress made Independence Day a Federal Holiday.