Happy Fourth of July

Safety Tips & Fun Facts for the 4th of July celebrations

Happy Independence Day!

For most of us, the Fourth of July is going to look a lot different this year. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many counties and cities to cancel their annual parades, festivals, and fireworks displays to keep large crowds from gathering in one place. The CDC has released safety guidelines for hosting gatherings and what you need to know when participating in social activities. CDC Safety Guidelines

1. Independence Day should have been celebrated on July 2, 1776.

Independence Day is that the Declaration Independence was approved and signed on July 4, 1776. When in fact, the resolution to legally separate from Great Britain was two days earlier, on July 2. The approved Declaration of Independence was first printed on July 4, so that’s the date on the document and why we celebrate on July 4th.

2. John Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

President of Congress, at the time, making his mark in the center and known to be the largest signature on the document, according to the National Archives. His bold signature is the reason people use the phrase “put your John Hancock” when referring to signing your name.

3. John Adams wrote a letter to his wife about how memorable Independence Day would be in American history.

He was obviously right — in his letter, he said the day should be celebrated with parades, bonfires, and fireworks.

4. The Pennsylvania Evening Post was the first newspaper to print the Declaration.

A local printer named John Dunlap produced copies of the declaration’s manuscript, on July 6, 1776, for everyone to see.

5. An estimated 2.5 million people lived in the nation in July 1776.

As of July 2017, about 325.7 million people live in the U.S., according to the United States Census.

6. Independence Day was once celebrated on July 5th.

The holiday fell on a Sunday in 1779, so the country celebrated on July 5th instead.

7. The Liberty Bell rings 13 times every Independence Day to honor the 13 original states.

Although, every July 4th the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies. It wasn’t called the “Liberty Bell” until the 1830s and that’s is also when it got its famous crack

8. There are 33 places in the United States with the word “liberty” in their names.

According to the U.S. Census, four of them are counties — Georgia, Florida, Montana, and Texas have a Liberty County.

9. The very first 4th of July fireworks show took place in Philadelphia in 1777.

Fireworks, canons, and bells all went off to honor the 13 original states. Much like our modern celebrations with Fireworks, parades, and cook-outs.

10. A little late...

One Hundred Years Later! The 4th of July didn’t become a federal holiday until 1870. It took nearly 100 years for it to be recognized.

Share these fun facts with friends and family about our Country's Independence!

In Observance of Independence Day, We Will Be Closed Friday, July 3, 2020.

Wishing you a safe and happy 4th of July celebrating the independence of this nation.

Source: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/g22022801/4th-of-july-trivia/

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