Hey everyone! Here in the USA, it’s July 4th, which means it’s Independence Day! I thank God that I am able to live in a free nation, and I honor the men and women who died to give us this freedom.
For today, I am going to give five facts surrounding the holiday!
Fact #1: The average age of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest two members, Edward Rutledge and Thomas Lynch Jr. were only 26, and Benjamin Franklin was the oldest member to sign at age 70.
Fact #2: On the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration in 1826, two US presidents died within hours of each other. They were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
Fact #3: Surprisingly, July 4th was actually not made a federal holiday until 1870, almost a hundred years after the signing. And the national anthem wasn’t The Star-Spangled Banner until 1931.
Fact #4: On this holiday, Americans consume approximately 150 million hot dogs! They also spend over $1 billion dollars on fireworks!
Fact #5: Actually, only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thompson. The rest of the delegates followed suit in the weeks that followed.
I hope you enjoyed these holiday facts! Some are more known than others, but the history of our country is very unique and rich! May God bless you and God bless America! ~ Kay Leigh