17 Fun Independence Day Facts to Celebrate July 4

Written By: The Planet D

Happy 4th of July!!! This is America’s Day! It was on July 4th, 1776 that The United States became an independent nation. From that day forward, July 4th has been known as Independence Day.

Who did the United States gain independence from? Britain of course. Before that, the US was a British colony, but they didn’t like that at all. It was by winning the American Revolutionary War that took place from 1775–1783 that they finally won independence. Another fun fact: The United States won the American Revolutionary War it with the help of France.

Facts about Independence Day Celebrations

Independence Day is a time to break out the barbecue, stock up on fireworks, eat a lot of hot dogs, and drink a lot of Budweiser Beer. Hot dogs and fireworks may sound like strange things to mention, but after doing some research on Independence Day, we found out that hot dogs and fireworks have a lot to do with America’s July 4th holiday.

There are a lot of other quirky facts about July 4th as well. So we thought we’d round them all up in one place for you.

Fun and Quirky July 4th Facts

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July 4th is the United States National Day and most patriotic day of the year. But it wasn’t until 1941 that Independence Day was declared a nation paid holiday.

With red white and blue blowing in the wind, Americans celebrate in their backyards and get together at night for exciting fireworks displays all over the country. All while taking the day off!

Independence Day Facts

It’s pretty similar to Canada’s July 1st celebration. Our patriotic celebration happens just three days earlier than our neighbours to the South. The first weekend in July is a big one in North America. There’s a fact for you – Canada and the US both celebrate long weekends together at the beginning of July.

1. Statue of Liberty

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The Statue of Liberty is America’s symbol of freedom. The torch represents enlightenment and it lights the path to liberty and freedom. The official name is “Liberty Enlightening the World.” It was designed by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi just in time for the centennial celebration of the Declaration of Independence. The tablet she is holding has the date July 4, 1776 engraved on it.

2. Three Presidents Died on July 4th.

  • Thomas Jefferson – Jul 4, 1826
  • John Adams – July 4 1826
  • James Monroe – July 4, 1831

3. Two Presidents Died on the Same Day – July

Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence and both died on the same day. Weird.

4.  Born on the 4th of July

President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4th, 1872, putting him forever into the history books. Tom Cruise starred in the movie Born on the Fourth of July; that really has nothing to do with Independence Day, but the title works for this post. His birthday is July 3rd. Hmm.

5. Fireworks

Each year Americans light about 200 million pounds of fireworks! And most of them are imported from China – $247,100,000 worth. 

6. American Flag

65% of Americans own an American Flag. And you guessed, most are made in China.

7. Could have been a Turkey instead of an Eagle

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Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a Turkey. He said the bald eagle is a bird of bad moral character, the turkey is a more respectable bird.

8. Road Trip

The First week of July is typically the busiest travel week of the year in the United States. (Something tells this year will be quite different) Popular American Road Trips are The California Coast, Route 66, Black Hills of South Dakota, the Florida Keys, and many more! Americans love a road trip!

9. More Coincidences on the 4th of July

Future Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both signed the Declaration of Independence. And yes, they are the guys that both died on the same day.

10. Philippines celebrates July 4 after Independence from the United States

Ironically, on July 4th, 1946, the Treaty of Manila was signed in the Philippines giving them independence from…The United States.

11. Mount Rushmore

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There are 4 Presidents on Mount Rushmore: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Thomas Jefferson Signed the Declaration of Independence. Read more: How to Visit Mount Rushmore – The Ultimate Guide

Controversy of Mount Rushmore

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You feel really small when you stand next to the head of the Crazy Horse Memorial

Mount Rushmore was built on sacred Lakota land. The nearby Crazy Horse Memorial is just 16 miles from Mount Rushmore and is just as impressive. It pays tribute to Crazy Horse, one of the last hold outs to surrender to the American government.

Designer, Korczak Ziolkowski promised the Lakota People that no federal funding would be involved and the project has relied on public funding for more than half a century. Read more about Crazy Horse: Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota

12. Sign Your John Hancock

The Term “Sign Your John Hancock”  comes from an actual guy named John Hancock. He was the president of the Continental Congress and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

13. Hot Diggidy Dog!

The favourite food for the 4th of July is the Hot Dog. America consumes about 150 million hot dogs on this date. (poor little piggies)

14. Movies and July 4th

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The Biggest Blockbuster movies of the year open on Independence Day weekend. But Will Smith, he is king of the Independence Day openers with five out of the top 20 hits opening on this date in history.

Some Notable July 4th Weekend Movie Openings. 

  • Independence Day starring – Will Smith
  • Men in Black I & II – Will Smith
  • Hancock – Will Smith
  • Wild Wild West – Will Smith
  • Spiderman – Far From Home
  • Transformers and Transformers Dark of the Moon
  • Spiderman 2
  • War of the Worlds
  • Terminator 2 & 3 (Plus Terminator Genysis)
  • Armageddon

Note: Will Smith stars in five of the top 20 Independence Day Movies

15. So what is Independence Day?

  • Independence Day celebrates America’s Independence from Britain. 
  • The Declaration of Independence was signed on August 2nd, 1776.

16. July 2

Congress officially declared its independence from Britain on July 2nd, 1776. the vote on Richard Henry Lee’s resolution for independence was nearly unanimous. John Adams assisted in the draft of the Declaration of Independence and felt that Independence Day should be celebrated on July 2nd.

17. August 2nd 1776

Although it is widely believed that the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, Only John Hancock and Charles Thompson signed it on July 4. The rest of the 56 delegates from 13 colonies actually signed the Declaration of Independence on August 2, 1776, to make it official.

It was exactly a month after its declaration (July 2, 1776) , on August 2, 1776, that it became official.

Why did they choose July 4th? July 4th was the day it was officially adopted and it had a couple of signatures, so why not?

Do you have any fun Independence Day Facts? What is the biggest patriotic celebration in your country? Is the beginning of July a long weekend for you too?

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15 thoughts on “17 Fun Independence Day Facts to Celebrate July 4”

  1. I think, this is the best place to get information about “What is going on in USA”. I really appreciate this type of blogs to share educational, inspirational & knowledgeable thoughts and information.

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  2. Those are cool facts…as an American, I didn’t know ANY of them. Well, except for maybe #10, but then I would have guessed hamburgers. Great site, I’m going to add to my reader!

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  3. i know this is late, but the American flag drew me to this post. i had no idea will smith was the fourth’s prominent actor hahaha! good for him. and i had no idea that the Philippines got their independence from the US on July fourth either (i had no idea we had control over them, for that matter…i know poor American schooling.) as for hotdogs on the fourth, they have to be really good quality. otherwise bratwurst and hamburgers are good.

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    • Hey Mack, I am so glad that you enjoyed the facts. It was a lot of fun to write this post. Next year I am going to have to do a Canada Day Fun Fact. I know a lot about your holiday but very little about my own!

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  4. I’ve always liked that Ben Franklin thought the bald eagle had “bad moral character.” That’s funny to me for some reason… those promiscuous eagles!

    Thanks for the fun post!

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  5. Well I did learn something. I didn’t know about the President’s that had died on the 4th and had to chuckle about the turkey! Geesh 🙂 This was fun and Happy 4th to everyone out there and a belated Happy Canada Day to my neighbors to the north!

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