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The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress on 4th of July, 1776 – now known as Independence Day – and every year Americans’ honors the birthday of the United States of America on the Fourth of July. For more fascinating facts on this historic event, see the fact file below.
- On the 4th of July, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress.
- Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
- The Declaration of Independence was actually a letter to King George that had been written on July 2 by Thomas Jefferson. It was a formal explanation of why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain. It was meant to justify a revolt against the British, with a list of charges against the British king.
- The main problem is that the colonists were angry they were being taxed by the Bristish government, and they had no vote or voice in the decisions that affected them.
- The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men representing the 13 colonies. The moment the declaration was signed it marked the beginning of all-out war against the British.
- The first signature on the Declaration of Independence was John Hancock’s. The myth is that he wrote his name large so that Kind George would be able to read it without his glasses.
- Three U.S. presidents actually died on July 4. Two of them passed away within hours of each other on July 4, 1826: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. These two men had been political rivals and then friends later in life. The other President was James Monroe, who died July 4, 1831. One US President, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4.
- In 1870 the Congress made the 4th of July an unpaid holiday for federal employees. In 1941, Congress declared 4th of July a paid federal holiday.
- The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804. The first Independence Day celebration west of the Mississippi occurred at Independence Creek and was celebrated by Lewis and Clark in 1805.
- Today, the 4th of July is a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag.
Additional Fast Facts about the Fourth of July
- Since 1846, the Liberty Bell has not been rung every 4th of July due to possible damage.
- There were 8 signers of the Declaration of Independence who came from Britain.
- The Philippines, a country in southeast Asia celebrates the 4th of July as the Filipino-American Friendship Day since 1963 after its liberation.
- Edward Rutledge was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence at the age of 26 while Benjamin Franklin, 70 years old as the oldest.
- The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence document.
- Two of the US national symbols were made abroad: Statue of Liberty from France and the Liberty Bell from England.
Fourth of July Worksheets
This bundle contains 19 ready-to-use 4th of July Worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about this historic date in US history and the people, places and events that led to the forming of this great nation.
Download includes the following worksheets
- Founding Fathers
- The Original Thirteen Colonies
- US Presidents
- Color Red or Blue
- The American Flag
- Independence Day Acrostics
- America’s National Symbols
- 4th of July Word Search
- Born on the 4th of July
- Battle to Independence Crossword
- All About Hancock
- Dating Calendar
- Across the World
- Women Freedom Fighters
- The Declaration of Independence
- Filipino-American Friendship Day
- Poster Making
- What Freedom Means to Me
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