----- Happy Independence Day! Yes, this is the day we told Great Britain and its King ----- we declare independence!
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Here are some interesting facts about the Fourth and some links to more facts and activities:
The Fourth of July was not declared a NATIONAL holiday until 1941.
The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all those rebellious Colonies would appear equal.
The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.
The only one to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th was the first signature, John Hancock, it took another month to get the other signatures.
The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 fireworks displays light up U.S. skies each Fourth of July.
Events that have occurred on the Fourth of July:
Henry David Thoreau moved into his shack on Walden Pond (1845)
Beach Boys' "I Get Around" reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts (1964)
Lyndon Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act (1966)
Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth.
Adams and Jefferson died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.
The first official Fourth of July was held at the White House in 1801.
Approximately 150 million hot dogs are consumed on this day.
The number of Americans who will spend the holiday at other people's homes is approximately 45 million (this figure varies depending on which site you are looking at).
There are more than 30 towns nationwide that have the word "Liberty" in their names.
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