15 Fun Facts about the USA’s Independence Day
The 4th of July is upon us again, and I would like to take the time to tell you about some facts your teachers didn’t tell you about the USA’s Independence Day. The fact that the 4th of July takes place annually is celebrated by all Americans. It commemorates the United States of America’s independence from Great Britain and was declared on July 4th in 1776.
Three Presidents Died on July 4th
July 4, 1776 is a day that will live in infamy. On this day, three of our nation’s most beloved presidents died.
Thomas Jefferson was the first president to die on this day, at the age of 83. He passed away in his sleep at his home in Monticello, Virginia. His death came just one month after he wrote his final letter to John Adams about how much he loved him and how he hoped they could spend more time together. Sadly, it would be the last letter that John Adams ever received from his dear friend Thomas Jefferson.
The second president to die on July 4th was Abraham Lincoln. He was assassinated while giving a speech at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C., only six weeks after being sworn into office as president of the United States.
And finally, Franklin Delano Roosevelt—the 32nd president of the United States—died on July 4th 1945 after suffering from polio for many years before being elected into office as President Franklin D Roosevelt Jr (his middle name). His death came less than two months after America’s victory over Japan during World War II ended with many people around the world celebrating peace finally coming closer. Independence Day
Born on the 4th of July
Famous people born on the 4th of July include:
– Alicia Keys (1981) – Singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and philanthropist
– Billie Jean King (1943) – Professional tennis player, author and gay rights activist
– Thomas Jefferson (1743) – 3rd President of the United States (1801–1809), philosopher, scientist and diplomat
Could have been a Turkey instead of an Eagle
Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents. He was a scientist, an inventor, a statesman, and a writer. He spoke six languages and is credited with helping create the United States Constitution.
But did you know that he also wanted the national bird to be a turkey?
In 1784, Franklin wrote to his daughter that “the wild turkey is to be preferred to the bald eagle as our national bird.” Why? Because it’s native to America (as opposed to being imported from Europe), it has beautiful plumage, and it’s not likely to attack people (unlike the bald eagle).
Franklin later changed his mind about wanting the turkey as our national bird—but only because of an unfortunate incident in which he found himself under attack by several aggressive wild turkeys while out walking one day. Independence Day
More Coincidences on the 4th of July
As you celebrate the 4th of July (Independence Day) with friends and family, chances are you’ll be having a great time. But did you know that there are actually a lot of coincidences associated with this holiday?
Here are just a few:
-The first fireworks were held on July 4, 1777 in Philadelphia
-and they were put on by an American woman named Catherine Sullivan
-This is also the day that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence
-And George Washington led troops into battle against the British during the Revolutionary War.
Mount Rushmore is a colossal sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of the heads of four United States presidents: George Washington (1732–1799), Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), and Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865). The entire memorial covers 1,278 feet (390 m) of the Black Hills’ face.
Mount Rushmore depicts these presidents as widely recognized national leaders who have affected both American and world history. Controversy has surrounded Mount Rushmore since its inception: Native Americans objected to the rock removal from sacred land; environmentalists decried the damage caused by dynamite explosions; and some artists felt that the carvings lacked artistic merit. In addition to this there are other controversies like how much money it cost to build and who paid for it but all these controversies are outweighed by how amazing Mount Rushmore is itself.
Philippines celebrates July 4 (Independence Day) after Independence from the United States
The Philippines celebrates July 4 (Independence Day), not only because it is a day of independence from the United States, but also because it is a time to celebrate all the things that make this country great.
The Philippines gained independence on July 4, 1946 after almost 100 years of colonial rule by Spain and America. The Philippines was first colonized by Spain in 1521. In 1898, the United States defeated Spain in the Spanish-American War and took over as colonial power. Finally, after over 400 years of foreign control, the Philippines won its freedom from both nations on July 4th!
Today, Independence Day is celebrated with parades and fireworks across the country. In Manila, there is a parade that features young men dressed as soldiers and women dressed as nurses (representing both American and Filipino forces). There are also many other celebrations throughout the country including festivals dedicated to local delicacies such as fruit cakes or coconut candy!
Controversy of Mount Rushmore
The controversy of Mount Rushmore is a long and complicated one, but it’s worth looking into in more detail.
First, there’s the fact that Mount Rushmore wasn’t named after George Washington, but rather after a mining company that had the mountain as its site of operations. When the idea of carving out the four presidents’ faces into the mountain came up, they needed to find an angle that would justify their actions—and so they claimed that President Washington was a founding father of the United States (even though he died before the Declaration of Independence was signed).
The other issue is about who should be chosen for this honor: should it be just four men? Should women and people from other ethnicities be included? Should there be more than one president on each face? If you’re going to put someone on a mountain because they did great things for our country, why not put them all there?
And then there are questions about whether or not this is appropriate at all. Would we ever want our children to look up at these faces and think “that’s what leaders look like”? Do we want them to think that leadership means being white men who are violent and greedy?
Sign Your John Hancock
The Declaration of Independence is the most important document in American history. It’s the document that declared freedom for all people, not just Americans.
And it was signed by John Hancock, who was one of America’s first presidents.
So why don’t you sign your John Hancock?
Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty stands as a symbol of hope and freedom to all who see it. It was designed by French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution. The statue is made of copper sheets over a steel framework and adorned with a shell-shaped crown, seven spikes representing the seven seas, and a tablet bearing the date of the Declaration of Independence: July 4th, 1776.
The statue has been an icon since its completion, but it took several years for it to be unveiled to the public. In 1884, after many delays due to financial problems, construction began at Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor where it still stands today as one of America’s most recognizable landmarks.
Movies and July 4th
July 4th is upon us, which means it’s time to get ready for all of the fireworks and summer fun!
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate in style, there are plenty of options out there. But if you want to go all out, we recommend watching one of these movies on your TV or computer.
Movies about July 4th (Independence Day) :
1. Independence Day (1996)
2. The Patriot (2000)
3. The Star Spangled Banner (1953)
4. White House Down (2013)
5. Air Force One (1997)
The first Independence Day
The first Independence Day was a momentous occasion for the United States. It marked the beginning of what would soon become one of the most powerful nations on Earth. The Declaration of Independence, which was written by Thomas Jefferson and approved by a unanimous vote in Congress, outlined the reasons why it was time to separate from England.
The document stated that all men were created equal and had certain unalienable rights, such as “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” It also stated that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. These ideas are still used today when debating political issues like immigration reform and gun control laws.
After hearing these words read aloud to them at an outdoor ceremony in Philadelphia’s Independence Square on July 4th 1776 (which today is known as Independence Hall), many Americans were moved to tears by their new nation’s birthright.”
The Liberty Bell
The Liberty Bell was rung to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The bell was also rung on July 8, 1776 to raise money for military expenses during the American Revolution.
The bell was made by local craftsmen John Pass and John Stow, who cast it using copper from a nearby foundry and a mold made from a cannonball. It has two inscriptions: one on its face, “Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout All the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof” (Leviticus 25:10), and another on its side, “Pass and Stow / Founders” (in Latin).
The bell weighs 2,080 pounds (952 kilograms) and measures 3 feet 7 inches tall by 2 feet wide at its mouth and 3 feet 1 inch wide at its base (1.09 meters x .6 meters x .6 meters). It is inscribed with Roman numerals that read MDCCLXXVI (1776) on one side and a message about freedom on the other side: “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all inhabitants thereof.”
In 1852, Philadelphia installed an iron grate around the bell so that visitors could see it without damaging it. This
The night sky will light up with the fireworks display of your dreams this July 4th (Independence Day), and you’re invited to be there!
The Macy’s Fireworks show is an annual tradition that has been going on in New York City since 1976. This year’s show will begin at 9:00 p.m., and it promises to dazzle crowds with over 25,000 fireworks set off from barges in the Hudson River, and from locations throughout Manhattan. This year’s show will feature music from popular artists such as Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Pharrell Williams, One Direction, and Maroon 5.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is an annual competition held in Coney Island, New York. The contest was started in 1972 by Joe Connelly and Dan Smith, who were both employed by Nathan’s Famous. The inaugural contest was won by Rich “The Locust” LeFevre. Since then, the event has grown to include both male and female competitors from around the world, with winners receiving a cash prize of $10,000 as well as a mustard-yellow belt buckle proclaiming them “Coney Island Champion.” (Independence Day)
The Fourth of July (Independence Day) is a time for Americans to come together in celebration of our nation’s independence. It is a day when we can all take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, enjoy the company of friends and family, and reflect on what makes this country so great.
One thing that makes America great is our ability to celebrate different cultures while still maintaining our own unique identity. This year, in honor of Independence Day, we’re going to look at how Americans have traditionally celebrated their freedom by eating hot dogs!
Americans typically consume 150 million hot dogs on Independence Day. That’s enough meat to feed every person in New York City for an entire week!
Conclusion Fun Facts about the USA’s Independence Day
The USA’s independence day is a big day for US citizens. On the fourth day of July, they celebrate the birth of their nation with barbecues and great cocktails, naturally. If you’re lucky enough to live in the US, you get two days off work on that day. There are many facts about this great holiday like the fireworks displays, parades, country festivals and smaller celebrations. As far as we all know, Independence Day is celebrated with red-white-and-blue decorations. Red and blue colors stand for patriotism which is one of the main components of the national holiday. (Independence Day)
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