American Warehouse Systems would like to wish you and your family a very happy 4th of July! While you’re grilling up some burgers and enjoying the sunshine, take a moment to remember what this holiday is all about. It’s a time to remember the independence of our great nation, as well as all the brave men and women who fought and are still fighting for that freedom. God Bless our Troops, and God Bless America!
10 Fun Facts about the Independence of the United States!
- The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
- Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who wanted the bald eagle.
- The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
- The first official Fourth of July party was held at the White House in 1801.
- Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth. Adams and Jefferson died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.
- The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.
- In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. (Today there are 316.2 million).
- Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
- Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston comprised the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration. Jefferson, regarded as the strongest and most eloquent writer, wrote most of the document.
- The song “Yankee Doodle” was sung originally by British officers making fun of backwoods Americans.