Happy 4th, everyone! Here are some Independence Day Fun Facts:
- Did you know that Independence Day should actually be celebrated on July 2nd? The members of the committee voted to declare Independence on July 2nd.
- Did you know that one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was Catholic? Charles Carroll said that he joined the revolution to win religious freedom for Catholics. He also convinced Maryland to join the revolution. His cousin, John Carroll, became the Bishop of Baltimore (basically the Bishop of America) in 1789, and was elevated to Archbishop in 1809.
- The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804
- The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
- The majority of the nation’s flags and patriotic paraphernalia in relation to the Fourth of July is produced in China. Interesting, huh? Most of the stuff we get to celebrate our freedom is made in a communist country.
- The national anthem is actually set to the tune of an old English drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven! Now that belongs on a list called Independence Day fun facts!
- Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826. (both were presidents and signers of the Declaration of Independence)
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. … That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles…as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Pray for all those in office, that they may learn and uphold the truth that Life is the first and foremost unalienable right. Perhaps they will protect the unborn, the elderly, the sick, the homebound, and everyone else.
What are some Independence Day fun facts that you know?
What is your favorite fact about Independence day?
What is your favorite Tradition or Festivity to do on Independence Day?