July 4th 2017 - Let's Party!!! Drinkie Drinkie!!
It’s time for fireworks, hot dogs, flags and fun facts about our country and Independence Day. We girls also think it's time for some fun drinks!! Watch the video below and you'll understand what we're talking about.
The Fourth of July marks our country’s birthday. On this day in 1776, the members of the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, adopting the final draft of the Declaration of Independence, proclaiming our sovereignty from Great Britain.
There are many ways Americans commonly choose to celebrate this holiday – from family-friendly festivals, fireworks and parades to feasting on traditional foods like hot dogs and barbecue.
Here are a 10 interesting things you may or may not already know about the 4th of July:
- Initially adopted by Congress on July 2, 1776, the revised version of the Declaration of Independence was not adopted until two days later.
- Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a "laptop," a kind of writing desk that could fit on one's lap.
- One of the United States’ patriotic songs, “Yankee Doodle” was originally sung by British military officers prior to the Revolution as a means to mock the disorganized American colonists who fought alongside them during the French and Indian Wars.
- To avoid cracking it, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. To mark the quintessential day, every fourth of July it is symbolically tapped 13 times.
- Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs on Independence Day alone; it is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year.
- The country’s 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on Independence Day in 1872.
- In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million. According to the U.S. and World Population Clock, the nation’s estimated population in July 2017 will be 325.3 million.
- Three U.S. Presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, died on July 4th; Adams and Jefferson died within hours of each other in 1826 while Monroe died in 1831.
- The “Star Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812 and not decreed the official national anthem of the United States until 1931.
- In 1954, the words ‘under God’ were added to the Pledge of Allegiance.
How do you and your family celebrate the 4th of July? Have any additional fun historical facts to add?
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