Happy Fourth of July!
In honor of Independence Day, we put together some fantastic, and perhaps unfamiliar, facts about the Fourth of July.
Did You Know?
- The American Revolution began in April 1775.
- Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence in June 1776.
- The Continental Congress decided to declare independence on July 2, 1776.
- The Declaration of Independence was actually signed on August 2, 1776. Only John Hancock signed on July 4, 1776, and all others signed August 2.
- The Declaration of Independence was delivered to Great Britain in November 1776.
- Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the last surviving founding fathers, died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. They were the only two signers of the Declaration of Independence to each later serve as president of the United States.
- James Monroe, the fifth president, also died on July 4 (1831) at the age of 73, five years after Jefferson and Adams.
- In 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday.