The Fourth of July is arguably one of the most fun national holidays celebrated in the U.S. With parades, shows, silly costumes, and fireworks, few are so explosive. To complement the tone of the holiday, here are some outrageous facts you might not have known about our Independence Day!
1. Happy 2nd of July!?
Author Kenneth C. Davis has revealed that the 2nd of July may actually be the more appropriate date to mark the nation’s special day. “The fact is that John Adams wrote home to Abigail on the 3rd that this day, July 2nd will go down in history,” Davis said during an appearance on “CBS This Morning.” “We’ll celebrate it with parades and pomp and bells ringing and fireworks, and it was because Congress actually ruled it in favor of independence on July 2…July 2nd should be Independence Day.”
2. R.I.P Founding Fathers
In a bizarre, though perhaps apt, twist of fate, both Thomas Jefferson (left) and John Adams (right) died on July 4, 1826.
3. It’s Filipino and Rawandan Independence Day, too!
July 4 marks a day of liberation in both the Philippines and Rwanda. In the Southeast Asian nation, July 4, known as “Republic Day,” marks the date when the United States officially recognized the Philippines as an independent state in 1946. (However, though the day is still significant to Filipino history, June 12 has been the country’s official Independence Day since 1962.)
Rwandans, on the other hand, celebrate “Liberation Day” on July 4.
4. Fourth of July Birthdays
Calvin Coolidge, the country’s 30th president, was born on Independence Day. Others celebrating birthdays on July Fourth include Nobel laureate and economist Gerard Debreu, Olympic gold medalist and tennis Hall of Famer Pam Shriver, “Ugly Betty” actress Becki Newton and current first daughter Malia Obama.
5. Hot Dogs Galore
July Fourth is the “biggest hot dog holiday of the year,” according to TIME magazine, with Americans reportedly consuming about 155 million of them on Independence Day alone.
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