You look great at 238
It may seem like distant history but July 4, 1776 is only 238 years ago!
John Adams wanted the 2nd of July
That’s when Congress passed the Declaration of Independence
Only 2 people signed the Declaration on July 4th
Only John Hancock and Charles Thompson signed the declaration of independence on July 4th, the rest actually signed around August 2nd
A Celebration to Talk About
Oratory in the days before movies, TV, and radio was considered prime entertainment & a speaker invited to deliver an Independence Day speech was expected to talk for at least two hours
Ripley’s made the Nation Anthem Official
In November 3, 1929 Robert Ripley drew a panel pointing out that the United States didn’t have an official national anthem.
At that time the United States was in the middle of Prohibition and the Star-Spangled Banner then was based off an old English drinking song!
The Star-Spangled Banner was made the official national anthem by Congress and Woodrow Wilson on March 3, 1931.
The song “The Star-Spangled Banner” was originally published with the title “The Defense of Fort McHenry”
Williamsburg, Virginia celebrated Independence Day late on July 25th—the day they were informed in 1776 that the declaration had been adopted.
Lucky President Number 30
Calvin Coolidge—the 30th President of the USA—was born on Independence Day.
Got the Day Off?
Independence Day wasn’t a legal holiday in the United States until 1941.
…but Massachusetts made July 4th official 160 years earlier!
In 1781, the Massachusetts General Court became the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration.
On May 4,the Rhode Island legislature became the first to declare its independence from Great Britain
In 1791 the first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” occurred