Independence Day is one of America’s most cherished holidays, it commemorates the Declaration of Independence which took place in 1776. Across America people will be celebrating with parades, barbeques, fireworks and other festivities.
Here are 10 interesting facts that you may not know about Independence Day, they are great to share with your class!
1. The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.
2. John Hancock was the only person to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The other 55 men signed at later dates.
3. The average age of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence was 45.
4. In New England, Independence Day is celebrated by eating Salmon.
5. Three presidents have died on July 4th (John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe).
6. The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, 1776.
7. July 4th was officially declared a holiday in 1870, nearly 100 years later.
8. The first flag of the United States as an independent nation had 13 stars.
9. July 4th is the biggest hot dog day of the year.
10. The turkey was the first proposed national bird.