4th of July Fun Facts

4th of July Fun Facts

We at LegalEASE are wishing you and your family a happy and safe 4th of July! This fourth of July will be the 241st anniversary[1] of our nation’s independence. Below are some patriotic fun facts that may surprise you.

  1. The Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2nd, 1776, but Congress did not approve the declaration for another two days[2].
  2. John Hancock and Charles Thomson were the only ones to sign the Declaration of Independence[3] on July 4th. Most of Congress did not sign until August 2.
  3. In remembrance of Independence Day two years later, George Washington ordered a double ration of rum for his soldiers to celebrate[4] on July 4th.
  4. The stars on the original American flag are in a circle to indicate equality between the states.
  5.  The White House’s first official 4th of July party was not held until 1801[5].

Enjoy your 4th of July celebration! For tips on celebrating safely with fireworks, please visit http://www.fireworkssafety.org/.


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  1. “10 Fun Facts About the Fourth of July.” Huffington Post. Accessed June 26, 2017. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/03/4th-of-july-facts_n_3542777.htm...
  1. “10 Unusual Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About the Fourth of July.” Business Insider. Accessed June 26, 2017. http://www.businessinsider.com/10-unusual-fourth-of-july-facts-2016-7/.
  1. "4th of July by the Numbers." History.com. Accessed June 27, 2017. http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th/interactives/4th-of-july....
  1. “20 Fun Facts about the 4th of July.” Academic Exchange. Accessed June 26, 2017. https://academicexchange.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/20-fun-facts-about-the....


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