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?