The Fourth of July is our nation’s birthday. For every birthday, you have to have a party. Just think, if our forefathers hadn’t risked being tried for treason, America could still be a British colony. It’s time for us to show our thanks and throw a party!
That means fireworks, cookies, cake, cookouts, parades, confetti, and anything else you can think of. Just in case you can’t think of anything else, here are a few fun facts that might come in handy.
1. The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
2. The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
3. Benjamin Franklin proposed that the turkey be the national bird, but he was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who wanted the bald eagle.
4. The first official July 4th party was held at the White House in 1801.
5. 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.
6. The song “Yankee Doodle” was sung originally by British officers making fun of backwoods Americans.
7. The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.
8. There are more than 30 towns nationwide that have the word “Liberty” in their names.
9. In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today there are 311 million.
10. George Steinbrenner, Neil Simon, Ron Kovic, and Calvin Coolidge were all born on the Fourth of July.