Fun Facts: The 4th of July was nearly the 2nd of July

  • Fun Facts: The 4th of July was nearly the 2nd of July

Fun Facts: The 4th of July was nearly the 2nd of July

But did you know there's actually some discrepancy about what the "real" Independence Day should be?

Twelve of thirteen states approved a resolution for independence on July 2, not July 4, when the declaration was actually adopted.

Fourth July celebrates the Founding Fathers' declaration of independence in 1776 which has a fascinating history.

The famous principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence are not only the foundation of our country's freedom: they have become a global standard for the liberty and autonomy of all peoples.

- The Independence Day celebrations begin in Washington D.C. with the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence from the National Archives Building. Today marks 242 years since the 13 original U.S. colonies flipped the bird at King George III of England and said something along the lines of, "See ya, suckers" as they claimed independence and began their journey towards becoming the most powerful nation on Earth. Unfortunately, it's probably not true, as the document was never even sent to King George; and Hancock's signature is nearly certainly the biggest just because he signed it first. A month later on July 2, in a meeting in Philadelphia, the thirteen colonies chose to vote in favour of independence and approve the resolution. They'd been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.

For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn't celebrate it much on any date.

After the Revolutionary War, Americans celebrated the Fourth in towns and villages all over the new nation. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration.

By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past.

More than two centuries after an event, it's easy to lose track of what we're celebrating.

Two other US Presidents John Adams (2 US President) and James Monroe (5 US President) passed away on July 4. In fact, July is considered "National Hot Dog Month".