July 4rth Crash Course in History

While we’ve all taken some type of

American History course at sometime in our lives, we maybe surprised to learn

that one of our favorite national holidays might have untrue legends attached

to it. For instance, many believe the separation of the U.S. from Britain

occurred on July 4th, 1776. In fact, the actual separation of the

U.S. from Britain occurred on July 2, 1776. On this day, the Second Continental

Congress (a convention with delegates from all the original 13 colonies)

approved by vote, a resolution of independence from Britain (also known as The

Lee Resolution).

Soon after, the Declaration of Independence was signed. While many believe that this document was officially

signed on July 4th 1776, this too isn’t exactly true. According to

the book, Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political

by Carl Becker, most of the delegates didn’t sign the Declaration of

Independence until August 2, 1776. Yet, despite these two facts, for centuries,

Independence Day has been celebrated on July 4th. Why?

The answer is very simple. Congress

didn’t approve the document that would be the Declaration of Independence until

July 4th 1776. It wasn’t until 1870 that Congress decided to make

Independence Day a federal holiday for federal employees.

Other Interesting Facts

There are other interesting facts

about and in honor of Independence Day.

Such as:

· On

its’ 50th anniversary, both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (signers

of the Declaration of Independence) passed away in death.

· In

order to commemorate Independence Day, both Benjamin Franklin and John Adams

held a dinner for Americans that were “in and about Paris, [France]” at the


· There

was an estimate of 2.5 million people in America on July 4, 1776. Last year,

the population was 304 million people.

· There

are 31 places in the nation today with the name “Liberty” attached to it.

· There

are nine locations in the United States that have adopted the name “Freedom”;

Freedom, California has the largest population of these nine locations with a

population estimate of 6,000 residents.

· This

year, July 4th falls on a Saturday. This means, that for federal

employees who are observing the holiday, Friday, July 3rd will be

the day of observance.

· Had

July 4th fallen on a Sunday, employees would have Monday off

instead. The most recent July 4th that fell on a Sunday occurred in 1999.

-Facts taken from the census

bureau website and from James R. Heintze’s website, The Fourth of July

Celebrations Database

Enjoy the Day


you take advantage of celebrating this holiday by hosting a family and friends

barbeque, visiting historical places, or retail therapy (otherwise known as

shopping), why not take the time to discuss some of these interesting

facts with you friends and family? We are sure they would be just as surprised

as you are by the information!


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