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10 Facts About the 4th of July

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1. Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All others signed later.

2. The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.

3. The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.

4. The White House held its first 4th of July party in 1801.

5. In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today, the population of the U.S.A is 316 million.

6. Barbecue is also big on Independence Day. Approximately 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on this day.

7. Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.

8. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president was born on July 4, 1872

9. Three of the first five presidents died on July 4th: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, & James Monroe.

10. The 4th of July became a legal federal holiday in 1870. In 1938 Congress reaffirmed the holiday to make sure all workers received full pay.

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