Here are 5 little-known facts about one of Americaâ€™s biggest national holidays:
- It was actually on July 2, 1776 when England legally liberated the 13 original colonies. However, the Second Continental Congress was able to revise the American documents only after two days so that when the Declaration of Independence was finally approved, it was already July 4, 1776.
- The Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, 1776 but it was not announced to the public on the same day. They waited until July 8 before the independence was made known to the public. On July 8, 1776 the Liberty Bell and all other bells of Philadelphia were rang to call upon the people to go to the Independence Hall and there, the historic first readingby Col. John Nixon of the Declaration of Independence took place. Therefore, July 8, 1776 was when America first celebrated Independence Day and the day of the famous Liberty Bell ring.
- Not all 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence signed the Declaration on July 4, 1776. It was actually on August 2, 1776 when the document was officially signed by 50 signers and not until January 1777 when the last of the 56 men signed the Declaration.
- Fourth of July is the death anniversary of former US presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Both died on July 4, 1826. Jefferson authored the Declaration of Independence while Adams helped Jefferson in drafting the Declaration.
- There is no solid historical evidence that can prove that Betsy Ross made the first American Flag although she really was a flag maker.
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