Did you know…..
Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.
The average signer was 45 years old.
Only two signers of the Declaration of Independence served as Presidents of the United States, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801.
President John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth. Adams and Jefferson (both signed the Declaration) died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.
In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today the population of the United States is 331 million.
Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.
The tune of the National Anthem was originally used by an English drinking song called “to Anacreon in Heaven.” The words have nothing to do with consumption of alcohol but the melody that Francis Key had in mind when he wrote those words did originate decades earlier as the melody for a song praise of wine.
American enjoy approximately 150 Million Hot Dogs during the 4th.
Americans spend more than one billion dollars on fireworks each year.
Fireworks date back to 1777.
Wearing Old Glory violates the U.S. Flag Code. If you own a flag t-shirt, beach towel, shorts, hat or any other item that is representative of the U.S. flag, turns out that you’re in violation of the U.S. Flag Code.
Now that you know these fun facts, go forth and enjoy your day. Happy 4th of July from your friends at the Egg Harbor Lodge!