Happy birthday, America!
On July 4, 1776, America claimed its independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every year thousands of people head to the U.S. to begin living their American Dream. The United States of America is the “land of the free and the home of the brave”. It all began that summer day, 239 years ago, with the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.
There are many fun facts surrounding the history of Independence Day. Did you know?:
* 3 out of the first 5 U.S. presidents died on July 4th.
* Even though it was celebrated yearly, 4th of July didn’t become an official federal holiday until 1938.
* The longest running 4th of July event, a parade, started in 1785 and continues to this day in Bristol, Rhode Island.
* Started over 60 years ago, there is a joint celebration between Canada and the United States, which ends with a large fireworks display over the Detroit River.
More fun facts about July 4th and America’s early history…
You can also test your knowledge of 4th of July facts by taking this quiz. Don’t tell my history teachers, but I failed it miserably! I knew the Will Smith answer though!
Whatever you do to celebrate the 4th of July today… BBQ’ing, family picnics, sparklers, popsicles, watermelon, fireworks… Remember to also celebrate our founding fathers, each of whom made it possible for us to live in a free country. Also, a great big thank you to those who keep our country free… our police and military. We are the home of the free, BECAUSE of the brave.
Let freedom ring.
Happy Independence Day USA!