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Friday Favorites #5 : 4th of July Facts

on July 3, 2015

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I would like to take a quick moment before I start my Friday favorites to tell everyone to have a happy and SAFE 4th of July. Don’t drink and drive and don’t let your friends drink and drive and watch out for the drunk jackasses that do decide to drink and drive!

I decided that today I would honor the 4th of July by listing off some Fun 4th Facts… Ready Set and Go…..

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1.  According to author Kenneth C. Davis, July 2nd is the real day of Independence, but it’s celebrated on the fourth because that’s when congress accepted Jefferson’s declaration

2. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a “laptop,” which was a writing desk that could fit on one’s lap

3. Thomas Jefferson changed the wording of the Declaration of Independence from “the pursuit of property” to “the pursuit of happiness”

4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826

5.Only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776 — John Hancock and Charles Thompson
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6.  Jefferson’s original draft of the decleration of independence was lost and the one eventually signed is the “engrossed” document

7. The printed version of the Declaration was called the Dunlap Broadside – 200 were made but only 27 are accounted for

8. Congress declared July 4th as an official holiday in 1870 as part of a bill to officially recognize other holidays, Christmas being one of them

9.The Declaration of Independence was a justification for a revolt against the British which included a list of charges against the British king.

10.Several countries have used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles for freedom. These countries include France Greece, Poland, Russia and many countries in South America
love america11.”Yankee Doodle,” a popular American patriotic song, was originally sung prior to the Revolution by British military officers in mockery of the unorganized and buckskin-wearing “Yankees”

12.The “Star Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key and was originally a poem stemming from his observations in 1814 concerning the British attack on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. It was later put to music, though not decreed the official national anthem until 1931

13.Including John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (mentioned earlier), a total of three US presidents have died on July 4th. James Monroe is the third president to share this fate

14. Conversely, America’s 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4, 1872

15. In 1776, about 2.5 million people lived in the United States verses 311.7 million people in 2011

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16. The average age of those who signed the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest at age 27, was Thomas Lynch, Jr of South Carolina. The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania at age 70. Thomas Jefferson was 33.

17. 1 out of 8 signers were educated at Harvard (7 total)

18.  87.5% ($2.8 million) of imported U.S. flags are from China.

19. 97% ($190.7 million) of imported fireworks are from China.

20. An estimated 150 million hot dogs will be consumed on July 4th.

21. Both the Philippines and Rwanda celebrate July 4th as a day of liberation. In Southeast Asia, it is known as “Republic Day” and Rwandans celebrate “Liberation Day.”

• ♋ ❄❇..HAPPY 4th OF JULY..❇❄ ♋ •22.The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801

23. The tune of the National Anthem was originally used by an English drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven.

24. In 1954, the words ‘under God’ were added to the Pledge of Allegiance.

25. The oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States is the 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island; it began in 1785.

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