What is Independence Day?
On July 4, 1776, the United States of America proclaimed its independence from England by signing the Declaration of Independence.
16 Facts about Independence Day
The estimated number of hot dogs eaten by Americans on the Fourth of July is 150 million.
There is a 49 percent chance that the beans on an American plate for a Fourth of July picnic came from North Dakota or Michigan.
There is a 60 percent chance that the corn on the cob eaten by an American for a Fourth of July picnic came from California, Florida, Georgia or New York .
One-half of the potatoes made for chips or salad at an Independence Day cookout were grown in Idaho or Washington.
Approximately 74 million Americans participated in a Fourth of July barbecue in 2006.
The Declaration of Independence was signed by only two people on July 4 1776 - John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most added their signatures on August 2 1776
56 people signed the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson wrote the majority of it.
In 1870, The U.S. Congress made Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees, though it wasn't until 1941 that Congress declared Independence Day to be a paid federal holiday.
The Fourth of July is the most popular holiday for grilling out (68 percent), followed by Memorial Day (52 percent) and Labor Day (51 percent)
Charles Carroll, who represented Maryland, was the last surviving signer of the Declaration. He died in 1832 at the age of 95
Two future presidents who signed the Declaration of Independence, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both died on 4 July 1826, the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of independence.
John Hancock, president of the Second Continental Congress, signed the declaration first but his signature was so large it left little room for the others. The term "John Hancock" is still used as a slang term for a signature in the US today.
A note written upside down on the back of the Declaration of Independence document reads: "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776." Who wrote the note is unknown, though it is thought to have been used as a label.
The Continental Congress actually voted for independence on 2 July 1776. John Adams, in his writings, noted that 2 July would be the date remembered in American history and be marked with fireworks and celebrations
The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the the Declaration of Independence.
Croatia was the first country to recognize the United States in 1776
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