Fireworks. Baseball games. Picnics. Family reunions. Concerts. These are just some of the many ways Americans celebrate the Fourth of July, the national holiday that commemorates the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776. Although every American knows that the United States was formed once the original thirteen colonies separated from Great Britain and won the Revolutionary War, here are some things you may not know:
- Although the Declaration of Independence is dated July 4, 1776, it was actually approved by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776.
- John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both signed the Declaration of Independence and went on to become Presidents of the United States. They also both died on July 4, 1826. Additionally, although James Monroe did not sign the Declaration of Independence, he did go on to become President. He also died on the Fourth of July.
- The First Independence Day celebrations occurred in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.
- The national flag was not adopted until June 14, 1777, which we commemorate on Flag Day every year.
- 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. Only two signers among the many Founding Fathers went on to become Presidents.
- The names of the signers were initially withheld to protect their identities; if the United States did not win the Revolutionary War, they would have been executed for treason by Great Britain.
- The Fourth of July was finally declared a national holiday in 1941.
In honor of this national holiday, the offices of Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys will be closed July 4th and will resume normal business hours on Thursday, July 5th.