Independence Day is celebrated by many with picnics, barbeques, and fireworks. However; it is important to remember why we celebrate this day. On July 4th, 1776 the final draft of the Declaration of Independence was adopted, proclaiming our independence from Great Britain. To celebrate our country’s birthday here are a few fun facts:
- Three U.S. Presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe, died on July 4th; Adams and Jefferson died within hours of each other in 1826 while Monroe died in 1831.
- The country’s 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on Independence Day in 1872.
- To avoid cracking it, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. To mark the quintessential day, every Fourth of July it is symbolically tapped 13 times.
- The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence.
- In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million.
Happy Independence Day from Aqua Sun Ozone!