Friday, July 4, 2014

7 facts many Americans may not have known about Independence Day!

  1. Independence Day didn't actually happen on July 4th:
    The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776.  The official event occurred on August 2, 1776 when 50 men signed it.
  2. John Adams thought July 2 would be remembered:
    In fact,  Adams even wrote to his wife, Abigail, saying, "the Second of July, 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.  I am apt to believe it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival."
  3. The Liberty Bell:
    The Liberty Bell rang from from the tower of Independence Hall on July 8, 1776 to summon citizens to gather for the first reading of the Declaration of Independence.  It was read by Colonel John Nixon.
  4. The last signing was 6 months later:John Mckean was the last person to sign the Declaration of Independence in January 1777.
  5. Where did the word 'patriotism' come from:
    It actually comes from the Latin word 'patria', which means 'homeland' or 'fatherland'.
  6. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the same day:
    Not only did they die on the same day, but it happened on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the first Independence Day.
  7. When it became an official holiday:It wasn't until 1941 that Congress declared July 4th a federal legal holiday.


  1. I had no idea about #6!! Hope you are having a great day, Linda. It is a breezy 68* here in NY. We had bad storms last night and finally the humidity has broken, if only for the day, lol. Blessings

  2. I wonder what made them settle on July 4... Yes, America does need God's blessing!

  3. God bless America, indeed! Very interesting facts, Linda, and the only one I knew about was the death of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. I hope you have had a good day! Love your patriotic background.

  4. Those are interesting facts. Something we should all familiarize ourselves with. It behooves me as to why July 4th was chosen. At any rate, I much fear that our Patriots Tree will need to be "watered" again very soon. I pray that may be avoided but it is what it is. Thank you for the wonderful history lesson.
    God bless to you and yours Linda! ~:)

  5. Have a wonderful 4th of July, Linda!