A Few Fourth of July Fun Facts

June 30 2015, 0 Comments

The 4th of July is only a few days away and y’all know what that means!

Time for a weekend full of American beer, goods from the grill, and a whole plethora of red, white, and blue colored cocktails. Nevertheless, The 4th of July isn’t only about family, friends, food, and getting together in your neighbor’s backyard to play Turtle Toss and Yazoo, The 4th of July is also American Independence Day. The 4th of July is all about remembering the roots of this amazing nation. The 4th of July is all about commemorating our Founding Fathers that fought for our freedom! They were the ones who fought for our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!

But while we’re commemorating these great men, let’s also take into consideration some hilarious fun facts that very few people know about The 4th of July…. 

  1. John Adams Had his Money On the 2nd of July

Remember that glorious moment in your history textbook when the Second Continental Congress declares there independence from Britain? Remember that great moment commemorated by 4th of July cookouts that we’ll be attending in a few days? That great moment occurred on the 2nd day of July, 1776. However, the Declaration of Independence was not formally approved until the 4th. But just so y’all understand how close we were to celebrating the 2nd of July, read this quote that John Adams wrote to his wife on July 3rd, 1776: “But the Day is past. The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.”

 

  1. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Both Died on the Same Day

Isn’t it a huge coincidence that two of the seven most recognized Founding Fathers died on the same exact day? Isn’t it also a huge coincidence that they were best friends? Isn’t it also kind of crazy that this day was JULY 4TH, 1826, THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE??? Yeah, that’s pretty crazy.

  

  1. The American Flag was a B- Art Project

Here’s our favorite. A 17 year old boy by the name of Robert G. Heft submitted the designs for a 50-star flag in 1958. At this time, as Hawaii and Alaska were being considered for statehood, many other Americans were submitting similar designs to the US Congress. While the US Congress accepted Heft’s 50-star flag, Heft’s teacher gave him a B- for the project. Fortunately, Heft’s teacher changed his grade to an A, but next time you look up at the glorious US flag and reflect on the history of our great nation, remember that your flag is a B- art project!