4th of July is often a day filled with family, friends, fireworks, and food. We hope that this year your 4th of July is a fun one and that you are safe as well. For the blog this week, I tracked down some fun facts that you may or may not know about this day in our nation’s history:
- Thomas Jefferson is credited for writing most of the Declaration of Independence. Although five men were involved in the editing of the document, it was penned primarily by Jefferson.
- Jefferson used a “laptop” to write the Declaration of Independence. Of course this not the type of laptop we know, but it was a portable writing desk that sat on Jefferson’s lap as he wrote.
- There were multiple copies of the Declaration of Independence. John Dunlap, a Philadelphia printer made 200 or so copies of the Declaration for distribution. Only 26 copies are known to have survived.
- John Adams was ticked off that the celebrations happened on July 4th. So technically independence was voted on and passed July 2nd by Congress; but it was July 4th in which the Declaration was formally adopted.
- Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4th. In fact they died within five hours of each other in the same year!
- July 4th is currently known as being the biggest hot dog holiday. In 2013 it was estimated that over 150 million hot dogs would be consumed on the fourth.
- Back in the day, Americans ate turtle soup to celebrate. Turtle was a summertime delicacy; later on it was replaced by roasted pig which most likely gave way to the BBQ tradition we know today.
- July 4th is seen as a day of celebration for other countries, as well, including Rwanda and the Philippines.
*** List taken from a Bustle article about historical facts of the Fourth of July in 2016. You can read the original article here. ***