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Fun Fourth of July Facts

Posted by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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This red, white and blue week is all about fireworks and flags, playtime and parades, burgers and backyards. It's a time when almost everyone has the day off, families gather and enjoy some free time. You may be spending some time in the car traveling to where your fun make take place -- perfect opportunity to share some fun Fourth of July Facts with your kids. See what neat info we unearthed about this festive and patriotic holiday!

-- We should be celebrating on July 2. Though John Hancock put his famous signature on the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the official vote to declare independence happened two days before that on July 2. 

-- John Hancock made his signature that big on purpose. He didn't always go around scrawling his name that large. He did it so that King George II in England would not need his reading glasses to read it.

-- The Liberty Bell wasn't cracked on Fourth of July...nor was it rung on that day either. It was first rung on July 8, 1776 to honor the first public reading of that famous document. When did it crack? When it was rung again in 1846 for George Washington's birthday.

-- Bristol, Rhode Island carries the title of the oldest celebration for July 4. There has been an official parade and festivities there every year since 1785.

-- Apple pie isn't from America. I know, it is almost tough for me to type those words, but "American as apple pie" just doesn't ring true. Apple pie originated in countries and cultures that came to the United States with early immigrants.

-- Uncle Sam was a real person, probably. A meat packer by the name of Samuel Wilson provided meat to the U.S. army back in the early 1800s. They were stamped with a "US" and a joke was made that the meat was sent from Uncle Sam...and many years later, that joke evolved into Uncle Sam standing for the government.

Do your kids love trivia and history? Which of these fun facts surprised you?

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by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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kellynh
by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Apple pie... Really. That saying is out the window...lol!! 

4kidz916
by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Cool info!

Bmat
by Member on Jul. 3, 2013 at 9:24 AM

These are fun. I was surprised by the one about Uncle Sam LOL!  I heard about the July 2 date on the radio yesterday.

lalasmama2007
by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Interesting!  I'm surprised about apple pie.

sukainah
by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 10:01 AM

A couple surprised me. I didn't know that independence day was actually July 2nd and that was interesting information about John Hancock's signature.  Also the information about the Liberty Bell.

My kids are not really into history and trivia too much yet.

goddess99
by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

My dd loves history, I didn't know about July 2nd.

elasmimi
by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Ijust heard about July 2nd yesterday on the TODAY show

KaylaMillar
by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 11:02 AM
Really cool info!
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arpazia
by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Neat:)
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Madelaine
by Member on Jul. 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Thank you!  My kids like history and trivia and so do I.

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