Ten Fast Facts For Fourth of July You Might Not Know!

  1. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a “laptop,” which was a writing desk that could fit on one’s lap.

  2. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826

  3. Only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776 — John Hancock and Charles Thompson.

  4. Several countries have used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles for freedom. These countries include France Greece, Poland, Russia and many countries in South America

  5. The oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States is the 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island; it began in 1785.

  6. Both the Philippines and Rwanda celebrate July 4th as a day of liberation. In Southeast Asia, it is known as “Republic Day” and Rwandans celebrate “Liberation Day.”

  7. The printed version of the Declaration was called the Dunlap Broadside – 200 were made but only 27 are accounted for

  8. Jefferson’s original draft of the declaration of independence was lost and the one eventually signed is the “engrossed” document

  9. 97% ($190.7 million) of imported fireworks are from China.

  10. 87.5% ($2.8 million) of imported U.S. flags are from China.


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