July the 4th – Myths and Interesting Facts
Today is the day the most influential nation of modern times – The United States of America – was born. It was on July 4th, 1776 that the Founding Fathers of USA adopted the Declaration of Independence, breaking connections with the Kingdom of Britain.
But there are some myths and interesting facts associated with Fourth of July. Read on to find out.
- The resolution to separate from Britain was actually passed on 2nd July 1776. It was the Declaration of Independence, a formal document explaining the resolution, which was approved on July 4th.
- Many founding fathers were expecting 2nd July to be celebrated as Independence Day. But American people started celebrating it on July 4th.
- It is a myth that the Declaration of Independence was signed on 4th July. It was only approved that day. It was actually signed on August 2nd, 1776.
- The myth became so strong that even some signatories to the Declaration of Independence, like John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, started believing that they signed it on July 4th.
- The means of communication were so slow at that time that London came to know about the Declaration of Independence only on August 30th!
- Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signatories to become presidents, died on the same day – 4th July 1826.
- 4th July was declared a holiday only in 1870, that too an unpaid holiday. It was changed into a paid holiday in 1941.
- It is often said a bell was rung in Philadelphia on 4th of July, 1776. It turns out that it was a piece of imagination of a writer that created this myth. The writer had not even tried to make it sound real. He had written it for a children’s book.
- The Declaration of Independence is touted as a document advocating individual rights. But in reality, the Declaration talks about the rights of individual states!