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
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!
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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.
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.
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.
” 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