4th Of July The month of July is named after Julius Caesar by a decision of the Roman Senate in 44BC as July was the month of his birth.
1. 4th Of July Was An Unpaid Holiday
Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
2. John Hancock Signed the Declaration
Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
3. Declaration of 4th of july Signed By 56 Men
The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.
4. Not Everyone wants to celebrate Independence day on July 4
Not everyone was on board with celebrating on July 4, the day Congress approved the Declaration. John Adams wanted to celebrate on July 2, the day Congress voted for independence.
5. Presidents born on July 4
One US president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4. So were Nathaniel Hawthorne, Neil Simon, George Steinbrenner, and Malia Obama.
6. Three US presidents have died on July 4 —
John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. In a bizarre twist of fate, Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the country they helped found.
7. George Washington Ordered Rum for Celebrations
On July 4, 1778, George Washington ordered a double ration of rum for his soldiers to celebrate the holiday.
8. First Party
The White House held its first 4th July party in 1801.
9. Turkey Vs Bald Eagle
Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson who recommended the bald eagle.
10. Population of United states Of America
In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today the population of the U.S.A. is 316 million.
11. Patriotic Song Of U.S.A.
The most common patriotic-sounding word used within place names is “union” with 136. Other words most commonly used in place names are Washington (127), Franklin (118), Jackson (96) and Lincoln (95).
12. Fireworks For celebrating 4th Of July
Fireworks are part of the tradition of celebrating this national holiday. The U.S. imported $227.3 million worth of fireworks from China in 2012. United States exports of fireworks by comparison came to just $11.7 million in 2012 with Israel purchasing more than any other country ($2.5 million). There are around 15,000 Independence Day fireworks celebrations every year.
13. U.S. Flags made in China
In 2012, vast majority of imported U.S. flags $3.6 million was made in China.
14. July 4 wasn’t deemed a federal holiday until 1870 and nearly 100 years after the nation was founded.