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Independence Day/ Fourth of July Facts

When was the Declaration of Independence approved by the Continental Congress?

#On July the 4th, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. Thereafter, the 13 colonies embarked on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.

How did the Liberty Bell get it's crack?

# The first two versions of the Liberty Bell were defective and had to be melted down and recast. The third version rang every Fourth of July from 1778 to 1835, when, according to tradition, it cracked as it was being tolled for the death of Chief Justice John Marshall.

When was Independence Day first?

# Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.

What patriotic song is set to a beer drinking song?

# The American national anthem, the "Star-Spangled Banner," is set to the tune of an English drinking song ("To Anacreon in Heaven").

Fireworks were made by who and for what purpose?

# Fireworks were made in China as early as the 11th century. The Chinese used their pyrotechnic mixtures for war rockets and explosives.

What official event of the Independence occurred on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it.

# The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776, when 50 men signed it.

The origin of Uncle Sam probably began in 1812, but was not reconized by the United States government until what year?

# The origin of Uncle Sam probably began in 1812, when Samuel Wilson was a meat packer who provided meat to the US Army. The meat shipments were stamped with the initials, U.S. Someone joked that the initials stood for "Uncle Sam". This joke eventually led to the idea of Uncle Sam symbolizing the United States government in 1961.

In what year did Congress declared 4th of July a federal legal holiday?

# In 1941, Congress declared 4th of July a federal legal holiday. It is one of the few federal holidays that have not been moved to the nearest Friday or Monday.

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