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Seven Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The 4th Of July

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As we enter in the July 4th weekend, we all celebrate the freedom of our country and how blessed we are to live in America. This is knowledge that we were raised to know and understand. However, there are some things about this July 4th celebration that you may not know according to I know I didn’t!

1. We did not declare independence from Great Britain on July 4th, 1776. How can this be so? Well, it is because it actually happened on July 2nd! John Adams expected this to be our national independence day.

2. Do you recall when the Declaration of Independence was signed? If your guess was July 4th, 1776, your answer is wrong. Fifty-six different people signed the document over a six-month period, many of them actually signing on August 2nd. The Continental Congress adopted it on July 4th.

3. The Declaration of Independence was first publicly read on July 8th, 1776 in Philadelphia.

4.The last signature on the Declaration was John McKean in January 1777.

5. The work ‘patriotism’ comes from the Latin word ‘patria,’ meaning ‘fatherland.’ So if you’re a patriotic American, you are really saying that the United States is your Fatherland.

6. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4th, 1826, 50 years after the very first Independence Day.

7. Congress did not make the fourth a federal holiday until 1941.

Just a few history facts for ya! I thought it was pretty interesting and wanted to share. Have a great weekend and be safe dawgies!


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