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    10 Fun Facts About The 4th of July

    June 29, 2017
    Summer is finally here and you know what that means?! It’s almost time to celebrate the 4th of July, or also known as America’s Birthday! What better way to celebrate this American holiday than the usual cookouts, pool parties, backyard festivities, sparklers and festive fireworks. Of course, most of us know the basics about America’s Birthday, but there are still some trivia tidbits about this historic day we don't know. Here are 10 fun facts about the 4th of July that just may surprise you!

    #1 - We May Have the Date Wrong

    That's right, the very premise of what we know about the 4th of July may be wrong. Author Kenneth C. Davis argues that the true day of independence is July 2nd (let's be honest 2nd of July just doesn't have the same ring to it), but we celebrate it two days later based on when Congress accepted Jefferson's declaration.

    #2 – Pursuit of 'Happiness' was an Edit

    We all know the renowned phrase, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." However, we bet you didn't know that originally Jefferson went with "pursuit of property" in his declaration.

    #3 – Americans were Trendsetters

    Other countries have looked to America's Declaration of Independence as a guide to shine light on their own struggles for life, liberty and the pursuit of property, ahem, happiness. Some of these countries who followed America’s lead are Greece, Poland, Russia and France.

    #4 – Popular Milestone Date for Patriots

    Three U.S. presidents (Adams, Jefferson and Monroe) have died on July 4th, whereas, one president (Coolidge) was born on July 4th!

    #5 - Rhode Island Loves America’s Independence Day

    Bristol, Rhode Island loves America’s Independence Day. Bristol holds the distinction of holding the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the nation. Their first Independence day celebration Bristol held was in 1785 and has been held every year since.

    #6 - Symbolic Equality

    The stars on the original American flag were sewn in a circle for a very particular reason – the visual representation of the circle made all the colonies appear equal.

    #7 – Let Freedom…Be Tapped

    Every year on July 4th, the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is "tapped" (as opposed to rung) thirteen times to commemorate the day as well as signify each of the original thirteen colonies.

    #8 – Officially Recognized in 1870

    It took nearly 100 years for Congress to officially pass a bill that recognized July 4th as a National Holiday.

    #9 – Ivy Leaguers

    7 of the 51 men that signed the Declaration of Independence actually had a Harvard education.

    #10 - It's a Big Day for Dogs

    It’s a big day for dogs, hot dogs that is! Roughly 150 million hot dogs will be eaten by hungry patriots on July 4th this year.

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