Ten interesting facts about July 4
The Fourth of July is more than just a celebration of summertime — it’s a time to celebrate our freedom and how far we have come.
The Declaration of Independence began as a letter to King George to explain why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain.
The Declaration of Independence was started on July 2, 1776 and the Continental Congress approved the final wording on July 4. The American colonies were declared free and independent states.
The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, 1776 and the official signing took place on August 2.
56 people (including 5 doctors) signed the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson wrote the majority of it.
The first Independence Day on July 8, 1776 took place in Philadelphia. The White House celebrated Independence Day for the first time in 1804.
The Declaration of Independence has five parts. They are: the Preamble, the Statement of Human Rights, Charges Against Human Rights, Charges Against the King and Parliament, and the Statement of Separation and Signatures.
According to census.gov, 2.5 million people celebrated the first Independence Day, compared to 316.2 million people today.
July 4 was officially declared a holiday in 1870, nearly one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written.
Currently, the oldest Independence Day celebration in the U.S. is held in Bristol, Rhode Island.
2021 marks this year as the 245th Independence Day.