Each year, our country celebrates its birth on the 4th of July. There are many different ceremonies, firework celebrations, and parades to mark the occasion. While you have probably taken part in some or all of these activities, you may have some questions about the history behind this holiday. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at some of the most interesting and sometimes little-known facts about the 4th of July.
At Table-Mate®, we are proud of our country and all that our flag represents. We look forward to sharing some interesting insights into our country’s history with you, and we hope that this information allows you to gain a deeper appreciation for the United States. Whether you’re planning on hosting a large gathering or a small group this holiday, make sure you have the best portable table trays from Table-Mate® to ensure that all of your guests have space to comfortably enjoy their meals.
1. When was the Declaration of Independence signed?
It’s generally accepted that the Declaration of Independence was not signed on the Fourth of July. This is simply the day that the document was formally dated, finalized, and adopted by the Continental Congress. They had officially voted for independence on July 2.
2. Has the 4th of July always been an official holiday?
The Continental Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for all federal employees in 1870. Nearly 70 years later in 1938, Congress altered this day to become a paid federal holiday.
3. What do we know about the signers of the Declaration of Independence?
John Hancock and Charles Thompson were the only ones to sign the document on July 4th, as all the others signed about a month later. In all, 56 men representing 13 colonies signed the document and the average age of these men was just 45. The youngest signer at 27 years of age was Thomas Lynch Jr. from South Carolina, and the oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin at 70 years old.
4. Who created the American flag?
While you were probably taught that Betsy Ross was the seamstress of our flag and part of the discussion for the design, the truth is that the origin of the American flag is unknown. Some historians believe that New Jersey Congressman Francis Hopkinson designed it and that Betsy Ross sewed it. The original design featured 13 stars in a circle, which was to indicate that the 13 colonies were considered to be equal.
5. How many fireworks celebrations occur each year?
Growing up, you probably saw a number of different fireworks celebrations at stadiums, parks, and other open spaces. If you’ve ever wondered how many fireworks displays happen across the country, then you might be interested to know that there are approximately 15,000 different celebrations!
6. What inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner?
Originally, Francis Scott Key wrote the words as a poem based on his observation of the British attack on Baltimore’s Fort McHenry in 1814. His words were later put to music and decreed to be the national anthem in 1931.
We hope that our list of interesting Fourth of July facts has provided you with some new insights into the history of our country. Whether you’re hosting a celebration of your own or plan on spending the end of the day at home, make sure to have portable table trays from Table-Mate® to hold your food and drinks. Celebrate our country’s independence this year with family, good friends, and delicious food.