Although the 4th of July is considered as one of the most important holidays in the United States, there are still a lot of people who don’t have even the slightest clue why it is celebrated. Here are a few fun facts that will surely take your Independence Day know-how to a whole new higher level in a snap:
- Considered as the birthday of the United States of America, 4th of July is the anniversary on which the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which officially announced to the world that the 13 colonies were no longer under the rule of Great Britain.
- The thirteen colonies liberated from the British regime include Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts Bay, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia.
- Did you now that the United States national anthem is actually set to the tune of an English drinking song called “To Anacreon in Heaven?” Moreover, Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national animal but was outvoted by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson for their bid, the bald eagle.
- The very first 4th of July party was held at the White House in 1801. However, it wasn’t declared an official national holiday until 1941. Until now, Bristol, Rhode Island, still holds the record for the oldest, continuous Independence Day celebration dating back to 1785.
- Did you know that you can take your 4th of July celebration further up a notch by getting access to top-notch adult costumes? Throw in a few wigs and superb costume accessories in the mix as well and you’re all set for an unforgettable shindig!