Fun Facts to Help Celebrate July 4th
In addition to fireworks and hotdogs, here are a few tidbits you can share with your friends while celebrating Independence Day.
While July 4, 1776 is the date the Declaration of Independence was published, the vote to approve the document actually took place two days before. So, technically, July 2 is the day independence from England was officially declared.
New Jersey lawyer Richard Stockton was the only signer of the Declaration of Independence to recant his support of the American Revolution. This happened after the British captured him, imprisoned him, and abused him. He was finally released to find his property destroyed by the Redcoats, and his library — touted as among the finest in the New World — burned to the ground. Karma.
The two youngest signers of the Declaration of Independence were Thomas Lynch Jr. and Edward Rutledge of South Carolina. They were both 26. The eldest was Ben Franklin at 70 years old.
Americans spend more than $1 billion on pyrotechnics each year. If trends hold, dozens of people will be killed by fireworks this Independence Day (18 died in 2020) and thousands will be injured. Be careful out there.
More than 325 million people live in America today. But at the start of the Revolutionary War, the population was a meager 2.5 million.
Perhaps the best known bit of trivia about July 4th is that political frenemies Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1825 within five hours of one another. It was the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was 82. Adams was 90.