For over two centuries, Americans have been celebrating the Fourth of July in the grandest ways possible. Think of concerts, barbecues, parades and basketball games. But did you know that there are things you didn’t know about this all-American holiday?
THE FOURTH OF JULY ALMOST BECAME THE SECOND OF JULY
Fact check: The Declaration of Independence was formally adopted on July 4, 1776, but the Congress voted for America’s freedom from British rule two days earlier, on July 2. Per the National Archives, the Declaration of Independence was signed and made official by the Congress on August 2, 1776.
A FAMOUS HOT DOG EATING COMPETITION ROOTED FROM A FIGHT ON PATRIOTISM
Did you know that the famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest started from a fight? 4 immigrants were reportedly debating on who was the most patriotic on Independence Day. To resolve their argument, they engaged in a hotdog-eating contest. 100 years later, thousands of fans and competitors of the contest gather at Coney Island in Brooklyn, NYC annually to celebrate America’s independence.
THREE PRESIDENTS DIED ON JULY 4 & ONE PRESIDENT WAS BORN ON JULY 4
John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe have two things in common. They were former presidents of the United States and they shared the same date of death- July 4. Adams and Jefferson died on the same day and year, exactly in the golden year of America’s independence. On another note, Calvin Coolidge is the only U.S. president who celebrated his birthday on July 4. Every Fourth of July, his hometown in Vermont honors his birthday with a celebration and a march to his grave.