4th of July Fun Facts

  • Only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 – John Hancock and Charles Thompson
  • The oldest continuous Independence Day celebration is the 4th of July parade in Bristol, Rhode Island; it began in 1785
  • “Yankee Doodle” was originally sung by British military officers prior to the Revolution as a means to mock the disorganized American colonists who fought alongside them during the French and Indian Wars
  • The “Star Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812, but was not decreed the official national anthem until 1931
  • The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration of Independence
  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are responsible for the bald eagle become the national bird; Benjamin Franklin wanted it to be the turkey