Historical Facts of July 4th

Historical FactsofJuly 4, 1776

1. Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th – John Hancock and Charles Thompson.

2. The majority of the signers of the Declaration of Independence signed on August 2, 1776.

3. The 4th of July didn’t become a legal holiday until 1870. Then, in 1938, Congress reaffirmed the holiday to make         sure all workers received full pay.

4.  Continental Congress decided to declare independence on July 2, 1776.

5. Even though we declared and signed the declaration between July 2 and August 2 of 1776, the Revolutionary War       didn’t end until September 3, 1783.

6. The Tea Act was actually cheaper in the colonies than it was in Great Britain.

7. The Declaration was delivered to Great Britain in November of 1776.

8. General George Washington had a Spy Ring during the Revolutionary War and a man by the name of Townsend         was Washington’s main spy in New York.

9. Presidents, Adams, Jefferson and Monroe all died on July 4th.

10. Due to the American Revolution, the French Monarch bankrupted  his country which sparked the French                     Revolution.

11. The Boston Massacre resulted in only 5 people killed.

12. Minutemen and redcoats clash at Lexington and Concord for “The shot heard ’round the world.”

13. The British had the better trained army, more money and better artillery, yet the Colonists won the war due to             knowing the land and having something worth fighting for: Freedom.

14. The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

15. “Yankee Doodle,” a popular American patriotic song, was originally sung prior to the Revolution by British                   military officers in mocker or the unorganized and buckskin-wearing “Yankees.”