5 little-known Fourth of July facts that will leave you shocked

Independence Day is finally here. And while most people know that we are celebrating the signing of the declaration of independence and American freedom from Britain, there’s still a lot many people don’t know about the American holiday.

So while you’re heading to barbecues and fireworks shows to celebrate our nation’s independence, you can impress with these five little-known facts about the famous holiday.

1. Only two people actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson, secretary of Congress. Most of the other signers did so on August 2nd.

2. There were disagreements about when to actually celebrate our nation’s independence. John Adams advocated for a celebration on July 2nd, which was the day Congress actually voted for independence.

3. Three U.S. presidents died on the Fourth of July. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. Ironically, Adams and Jefferson both died on the holiday in 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the independent United States.

4. In 1778, George Washington chose to celebrate the holiday with his soldiers by ordering a double ration of rum.

5. Break out the grill, you wont be the only one! Americans eat around 155 million hot dogs on the fourth every single year. We also spend $92 million on chips, $167.5 million on watermelon, and $341.4 million on beer.

– The Horn editorial team 

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Randall Thornton · 

Celebrate our freedom, let’s work to keep it free.
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Oscar Resi

Reflections for the 4th of July

The Birth of a Country
After the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 American independence was born.
Before the American Revolution annual celebrations took place to honor the King of Great Britain’s birthday, which included bonfires, speeches and processions.
Once independence was declared Americans celebrated July 4th by holding mock funerals for King George III to illustrate the end of Great Britain’s hold on America. Other activities included firing cannons, marching in parades and public readings of the Declaration of Independence.

Today the Fourth of July is a federally recognized holiday that represents our patriotism as a country and is typically celebrated with fireworks, parades and barbecues with friends and family.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army. Another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.
Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners.

Men of means, well educated.
But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson’s home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. They had security but they valued liberty more.

Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: “for the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

They gave you and me a free and independent America.
The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War.

We didn’t fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government!
Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn’t.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It’s not much to ask for the price they paid.

Remember: freedom is never free!

I hope you will support by please sending this to as many people as you can.
It’s time we get the word out that Patriotism is NOT a sin and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics and baseball games.

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Those who don’t stand for something fall for anything.

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Rose Levy

Thank you so much for reminding those of us who learned this in school but has been forgotten by so many and never taught for several decades. We have very few who do what these men and women did and went through to create our Republic of America. They did this for everyone unless today where most only think of themselves. God truly did bless America!
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James Richardson

This is very sad, but insprational and informative. Thank you. Note too that most of the leading participants were Freemasons and this had an effect on the way things turned out. It was a war which was unpopular in Great Britain, and not everyone in the colonies was in favour of it either. It could be described as a civil war in all but name. [Cue for humour:] In the UK, 4 July is Thanksgiving Day. This is because the Brits are thankful they don’t have the debt of the US – the UK has enough problems of its own.
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Bill Cowan · 

OSCAR … THANKS FOR POSTING … YOU ARE APPRECIATED !!!
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Christine Beliveau · 

There is still more to be proud of here in the US than anywhere. Focus
on the GOOD and it will multiply. Refuse to let negativity grab hold of you.
Focus on the good and abundance that is here; contribute what you can – –
even a good word has value. This country will thrive through this period of
upheaval. Pull your share of the weight for all of us to thrive abundantly.
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Steve Culton · 

My mom took me to a 4th of July Day Parade when I was five. Military Marching Bands, Military Drill Teams. Then a huge, brand new American Army tank came down the middle of the street. There was a radio commander sitting in the top of the turret in back of a big’ol machine gun. It was in that very moment that I realized there is nothing about freedom which is free.
To you arrogant, feckless liberals, your pandering rehetoric is becoming irresponsible. Better men and women than you have died fighting for your privilage to shoot your stupid mouths off. Lesser governments’ death squads would have put you in the ground. Find the spine to step up to that on this fourth of July. Then….enjoy it.
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Carol Sue Wright · 

Bravo Steve Fulton. Proud to be an American. mAGA!! ���� ��
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Gary Smith

Why not celebrate by sending Obama and Clinton to Gitmo
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Greg Hamlin · 

Getting rid of them that would be a big taste of freedom.
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William Glass · 

Works at Retired
Better yet, send to the hammerheads and tigers swimming in the waters around Gitmo. PETA would then complain about the cruelty being imposed on the sharks. Happy 4th eveybody.
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Andy Wood · 

just think about this if Clinton had won we would be celebrating the first of Clinton day
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Carol Sue Wright · 

George Washington really knew how to celebrate!
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Bill Robinson Jr. · 

God Bless the USA!
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Jayme Sousa · 

What Our Founding Fathers knew and put quill to parchment, but Woodrow Wilson (1900) and his administration decided to take Our USA down a Path leading to today’s Global “Collective” mentality. See, it was America’s “Individualism” giving and inspiring ALL Present in Independence Hall…agreeing on the following buidling blocks of a Free Society: 1) Individual with their God as a guidance and inspiration; 2) Two Godly Individuals as a FAMILY (one man + one woman procreating with sibilings) and 3) this union of both Individuals and Family into one cohesive, Freedom Loving, God Fearing COMMUNITY.
” Put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” (Ephesians 6:13) Pray. Amen. God Bless The USA. Read A Bible. NKJV
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James Howard

The liberal loon’s,and obama must be kept in check,GOD BLESS PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP ! GOD BLESS AMERICA !
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Mary Fleck

I am very proud to be an American. We are SO lucky! God Bless America!!!!!
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John King

What’s really sad . . . is that no liberal progressives will be reading this article . . . because they couldn’t care less about the 4th of July and all it stands for!!!
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Walter Wilcox · 

let’s keep freedon working for the vet’s an all the women an all the men that keep’s doing an safe have a great 4th
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David Renaud · 

If we could shut the mouths of all the leftists democrats, we would be way better off……Thanks, AMERICA, land of the FREE.
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Dan Harris · 

Another round of grog you you please sir.
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Lujis Baquedo · 

The “Beauty in Patriotism” of our USA Independance is that our Founding Fathers, even though, they did not agree in every detail of The Declaration of Indepence, they had ONE COMMON GOAL: The Best for the Future of The New Nation. It was Country FIRST; NOT party first, as is the policy of these new “republicans”. I really miss George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and OF COURSE, The Great Abraham Lincoln. What a SHAME IS THE republican party today.
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2 thoughts on “5 little-known Fourth of July facts that will leave you shocked

  1. David Renaud are you kidding, “shut the mouths of all the leftists democrats” …….. “Thanks, AMERICA, land of the FREE.”

    David, Tubularsock thinks that you have missed what the point of the land of the Free really supposed to mean. Maybe because you have been eating tainted fish.

    Best to take some time and learn what America stands for before you spout off ignorant bull shit.

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