July 4th is a magical day for everyone living in the United States of America. Not only because we all get to eat barbecue and fire fireworks, but when re-united with friends and families we also get to share quality time and good stories.
Independence Day is carved with curious stories which fell into the trap of time, mixing tales and facts, adding new depth and meaning to the date. Below we selected 5 of our Forth of July favorite stories:
1. The date July 4 is controversial as being the actual Independence Day.
Most states approved a resolution for independence on July 2, although the declaration was adopted on July 4. Also many of the signers didn't attach their names to the document until August.
Rumor has it that John Adams insisted the annual celebration of independence be held July 2, not attending any events on the latter day.
2. Not only The U.S. celebrate independence on July 4.
Although The Philippines celebrate their independence from the U.S. on June 12, July 4, 1946 remains on the books as "Philippine Republic Day”.
The day was changed to June 12 in light of rising Filipino nationalism and resentment toward prior American colonialism.
3. Celebrating with fireworks is not just as old as the holiday itself, the industry is also massive.
The first Fourth of July Celebrations, which took place in Philadelphia in 1777, had a cannon being fired 13 times, one time for each colony. Also 13 fireworks were fired off from the city’s commons.
According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, Americans spent over $1 billion on fireworks in 2017, 240 years after the first celebration.
4. July 4 is, by far, the biggest hot dog day of the year.
Roughly, 150 million hot dogs are consumed on the Fourth of July — enough to stretch from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles five times.
5. The Liberty Bell rang in American Independence story is a tale.
The story of a boy with blond hair and blue eyes who was posted next to Independence Hall to give a signal to an old man in the bell tower when independence was declared never happened.
The story was concocted in the middle of the 19th century in a book intended for children.
As far as we’re concerned, it is not a novelty that important stories may get mixed with actual facts, specially the ones with high value and impact for History.
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Happy Independence Day!