On July the 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. Thereafter, the 13 colonies embarked on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. The most American of holidays is traditionally celebrated with parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.
Here are a few fun facts about the 4th of July!
- Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776
- The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804.
- Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826.
- The names of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for more than six months to protect the signers. If Independence had not been achieved, the treasonable act of the signers would have, by law, resulted in their deaths.
- Thomas McKean was the last to sign the Declaration of Independence in January 1777.
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