I know that when we mention the 4th of July, we typically think about BBQ's, homemade ice cream, going to the beach or the lake, family gatherings, lots fireworks and the American Flag. Right? I know that when I was growing up, I knew what the 4th of July was all about, but most always it was the time that we would gather at the beach with the aunts, uncles, cousins, grandma, and grandpa.
Here are few true tidbits about the 4th of July.
- On the 4th of July in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, thereby allowing the 13 colonies to begin to be free.
- Not all members of the Continental Congress were in favor of the Declaration of Independence.
- This Declaration is now celebrated by fireworks, flying the American flag, BBQ's and having just about any type of celebration.
- In 1776 there was an estimated 2.5 million people living in the new colonies. As of July 4, 2012 there will be an estimated 313.9 million people in the United States.
- Did you know that the 4th of July was not officially declared a holiday until 1941? The first real 4th of July party was held at the White House in 1801.
- The majority of the signers on the Declaration of Independence actually signed the Declaration on August 2, 1776 not on July 4, 1776.