July fourth is one of the most significant days in the history of America. Being celebrated for years, it has importantly become a tradition. On this special day, the government gives a day off to her citizens and we all celebrate with barbecues, pool parties and fireworks. Though everyone gets to enjoy the celebration, most people do not seem to know the significance of July 4th. Well, you don't have to feel bad, as we all learn every day.
Here are five things you need to know about the fourth of July:
The continental congress finalized and adopted The Declaration of Independence on July 4: On June 11, a 5-man committee was formed with the aim of drafting a document that expounds the colonies' motive for cutting ties with Britain. With Thomas Jefferson being part of the chosen people, the committee eventually selected him as the document's writer. On July 2, the continental congress confirmed their resolution for independence and out of all the colonies, nine agreed, New York and Delaware abstained, while Pennsylvania and South Carolina disagreed. Eventually on August 2, 1776, The Declaration of Independence was stamped and signed.
The first state to uphold and celebrate the holiday is Massachusetts: On July 3, 1981, Massachusetts declared July 4th as an official holiday. Later in 1870, on June 28 the Congress agreed to designate specific days for the celebration of major events.
The bell of liberty did not ring on July 4th: Unlike the popular belief that the Liberty Bell rang on July 4th to celebrate and acknowledge the declaration, the bell didn't ring as there was public announcement of the declaration.
The first use of fireworks was to boost the morale of the colonists during the Revolutionary War: While fireworks have become a tradition to look out for on July 4th, its origin was from the fact that the first display of July 4th fireworks happened during the revolutionary war. Later, it was officially stamped as a means to celebrate the national event and to avoid its private display.
It is not a good memory for Presidents: On July 4, 1826, 50 years to the time the declaration was finalized, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Munroe died. Most people believe that it’s a rare coincidence for Jefferson and Adams to die hours apart on the same day. On July 4th, 1831, James Munroe also died. However, the presidential deaths were not completely sorrowful as it also became the day the 30th president of America, Calvin Coolidge was born.
So, now when you want to educate your siblings or talk to friends about this special day, you surely know what to do. Happy Independence Day!
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