HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY
- It's well known that John Adams loved the Fourth of July, but he wrote we actually declared our independence from Britain in Philadelphia on July 2.
- The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America, Adams wrote on July 3, 1776. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.
- Here's an interesting fact, three of America's first five presidents died on July 4.
- Bitter rivals John Adams, the second president, and Thomas Jefferson, the third, died hours apart on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Adams was 90 and passed away in Massachusetts and Jefferson was 83 and died in Virginia.
- The fifth president, James Monroe, died on the Fourth in 1831.
- But enough talk of death on a day for celebration. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, and Malia Obama, daughter of the 44th, were born on the Fourth, Newser notes.
- Even though the Fourth of July is America's birthday, we're not the only ones who celebrate it, surprisingly enough. Denmark began celebrating our Independence Day in 1912 after thousands of Danes immigrated to the U.S.
- The Fourth of July wasn't a legal federal holiday until Congress declared it to be so in 1941, Purple Trail reported. It wasn't moved to the nearest Monday, like many federal holidays. It wouldn't be the Fourth of July then, would it?