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Fun Facts about the Fourth of July

Fun Facts about the Fourth of July.

Everyone knows that the Fourth of July has always been about the celebration of America's birthday. Here are a few things that you may not know.....

John Adams predicted to his wife Abigail that the Second of July would become an American tradition In July of 1776, seven years before the Revolutionary War ended in 1783.

According to the Adams Family Papers, Adams wrote " I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more," he wrote.

The Declaration of Independence was drafted on July 2, but not signed until two days later. Hence our national holiday is scheduled on the fourth rather than the second.

One year later, in 1777, Bristol, Rhode Island celebrated the Fourth of July by firing 13 gunshots in the morning and at dusk. Bristol has the oldest continuous Fourth of July parade which began in 1785.

In 1777, Philadelphia celebrated with gun salutes, speeches, prayers, a parade and fireworks.In 1778, still in the midst of the Revolutionary War, General George Washington celebrated the fourth with his troops by giving them a double ration of rum. According to the US Census Bureau, in July 1776, there were approximately 2.5 million people living  in the original 13 colonies.

Today the population of the United States is roughly 311.7 million. England will celebrate the Fourth of July this year with an $800,000 statue honoring former President Ronald Reagan. The statue will join monuments to Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower located in the heart of the British capital.The Fourth of July was not made a legal holiday until 1941.Geraldo Rivera, Calvin Coolidge and Neil Simon were all born on Independence Day. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died within hours of one another July 4, 1826.

Here's a Fourth of July joke....... Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell? Yes , it really cracked me up.

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