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  • 5 Interesting Facts You Didn't Know About the 4th of July

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    Happy Birthday to America! This year, the United States is turning 242 years old. We thought we’d celebrate by looking back at highlights of this day in history and sharing a few fun facts you might not have known about our country.

    Read on to learn more!

    1. John Hancock and Charles Thompson were the only two men to actually sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. Most people signed the document on August 2nd, 1776.

    2. Three Presidents of the United States have died on the 4th of July. Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4th, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the nation’s founding. Adams passed of congestive heart failure while Jefferson passed of uremia. On July 4th, 1831, President James Monroe died of tuberculosis.

    3. Calvin Coolidge is the only President to ever have been born on July 4th.

    4. John Adams thought that we'd celebrate our independence on July 2nd, not July 4th. He wrote a letter to his wife Abigail stating, “The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable Epoch in the history of America.” This is because The Second Continental Congress met on July 2nd to formally approve the new nation’s independence. However, Congress didn’t approve the Declaration of Independence until two days later on July 4th so it was decided this would be the day of celebration instead.

    5. The 4th of July is often celebrating with grand firework displays. In fact, this tradition goes back to 1777 when the city of Philadelphia celebrated our nation’s first official birthday.

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