The 4th of July is one of the biggest, most patriotic and loudest holidays of the year. It’s a time for family gatherings, and a time to recognize and honor your country’s history. You may believe you know all about the 4th, but here are 5 facts we’re guessing you don’t.
1. Three Presidents Died on This Day
July 4th does not just mark the signing of the document with which we are all familiar. It is also the date when two U.S. Presidents passed away in the same year. Within just four hours of each other on July 4th, 1826, former Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died. Five years later on July 4th, 1831, President James Monroe suffered the same coincidental fate. At the other end of the life spectrum, our country’s 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4th, 1872. It’s enough to give you patriotic chills.
2. The Actual Date Is Wrong
Did you know that President John Adams actually recommended that the anniversary of American Independence be celebrated on July 2nd, the day when Congress voted to become an independent nation? July 4th marks the date when the Declaration of Independence was signed, as well as when the country got its name, the “United States of America.”
3. Americans Eat 150 Million Hot Dogs on the 4th
The first things you think about when you think of the 4th of July are likely fireworks, summer, freedom…and hot dogs? According to a U.S. Census report, more than 150 million hot dogs are eaten every 4th.
4. That One Famous Line Was Added In
The Declaration of Independence did not just come fully formed out of Thomas Jefferson’s fountain pen. Many changes happened, like changing the phrase “the pursuit of property” to the now famous “the pursuit of happiness.” That sentiment still resonates with anyone in the real estate profession almost two and a half centuries later.
5. July 4th Wasn’t Recognized as a Holiday Until Much Later
It was not until nearly 100 years later in 1870 that Congress actually declared July 4th to be a holiday. Apparently, there must have been legislative gridlock back then, too.
Whether you are commemorating the signing of a document, honoring the births and passings of former presidents or just looking to have a day of fun and fireworks with friends and family, July 4th gives you the perfect excuse.
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