Here are some fun facts about the 4th of July.
1. The Unites States declared independence from England on July 4, 1776. It was the first country to declare independence from a colonial power.
2. The colonies wanted independence because they did not feel they were adequately represented in British parliament. A rallying cry at the time was; “No taxation without representation!”
3. The U.S. only consisted of 13 states at the time it declared independence; all of them located on the east coast. The last state to join the union was Hawaii in 1959, making a total of 50 States in the Union.
4. The U.S. Constitution was ratified well after the country declared independence. The highest body of law (which is still in use today) was agreed upon in 1778.
5. The U.S. was the world’s first constitutional republic. The Founding Fathers hoped to created a representative government that reflected the will of the people without the anarchy of true (Greek style) democracy.
6. At the time of independence there were an estimated 2.5 million people living in the U.S. Today there are over 300 million citizens.
7. The 4th of July is one of the busiest travel days in the U.S. It is estimated that over 50 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles (80 km) to celebrate independence.
8. There are 31 towns and cities with “Liberty” in their name.
9. Americans spend more that $200 million on fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July.
10. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the second and third presidents, respectively, both signed the Declaration of Independence and both died on the 50th anniversary of the signing.