4th of July History, Trivia and Fun Facts
Fourth of July History Highlights
Traditional 4th of July Information
This holiday is marked by fireworks, barbecues and parades. Previously called "rockets," the term "fireworks" was not established until 1777. Later fireworks that made noise were invented and dubbed "fire crackers" and in 1880 sparklers were created.
Calvin Coolidge was born July 4, 1872
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, solidifying the U.S.'s independence from Britain. Although it had been celebrated in one way or another since 1777, July 4 was declared a federal legal holiday in 1941. Around 1791, we started calling July 4th "Independence Day".
Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776: John Hancock and Charles Thomson. The rest were mostly added on August 2nd of that year. The last person to sign it, Thomas McKean, got around to it in 1781.
When Americans talk about the day they declared independence from Great Britain, the don't say the actual date the American way (July 4th), they say it the British way (4th of July)
July 4th is...
Alice in Wonderland Day
National Barbecue Day/ National Barbecued Spareribs Day
National Caesar Salad Day
National Country Music Day
Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
July 4th Quotes
You're a grand old flag! You're a high-flying flag, And forever
in peace may you wave. You're the emblem of the land I love, The
home of the free and the brave. Ev'ry heart beats true 'Neath
the Red, White and Blue,' Where there's never a boast or brag.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot, Keep your eye on the grand
"I haven't always done a good job, and I haven't always
been successful - but I know that I have tried."
"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always
just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly,
may alight upon you."
"Yeah, yeah. I, I don't think I'm always right. But I don't
think young people are always right, either."
"Never underestimate the stimulation of eccentricity."
"Surround yourself with amazingly intelligent men and women.
The people I work with not only are smarter than I am, possessing
both intellectual and emotional intelligence, but also share my
determination to succeed. I will not make an important decision
"Maturity is the ability to do a job whether you're supervised
or not; finish a job once it's started; carry money without spending
it; and the ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get
Sometimes in our lives we all have pain.
"Where liberty dwells, there is my country."
"When an American says that he loves his country, he means
not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening
in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and
the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in
which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of
"My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious
blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people
on earth enjoy!"
"Many public-school children seem to know only two dates:
1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don't know what happened
on either occasion."
And I'm proud to be an American,
"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured
by what is right with America."
"Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good
"I believe in America because we have great dreams - and
because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true."
"If you take advantage of everything America has to offer,
there?s nothing you can?t accomplish."
"We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first
"Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance.
It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists
not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall
be righteous as well as strong."
"Anyway, it's not a right/left issue. It's a right/wrong issue and America has constantly been on the side of what's right. When it comes down to it, this is about keeping faith with the idea of America, because America is an idea, isn't it? I mean, Ireland is a great country, but it is not an idea. Great Britain is a great country, it is not an idea. That's how we see you around the world, as one of the greatest ideas in human history, right up there with the Renaissance, crop rotations and the Beatles? White album.
The idea, the American idea, it is an idea. The idea is that
you and me are created equal, and will ensure that an economic
recession need not become an equality rescission. Life is meant
to the enjoyed. If we have justice, dignity, leave it to us, we?ll
do the rest. This country was the first to claw its way out of
darkness and put that on paper, and God love you for it, because
these aren?t just American ideas anymore. There?s no copyright
on them. You brought them into the world. It is a wide world now.
I know Americans say they have a bit of the world in them, and
you do, but the thing is, the world has a bit of America in it
too. These truths, your truths, they are self-evident in us?"
July 4th Birthdays
1790 - George Everest, Welsh geographer, Mt Everest namesake (died in 1866)
1804 - Nathaniel Hawthorne, American novelist and short story writer (died in 1864)
1926 - Stephen Foster, American songwriter (died in 1864)
1872 - Calvin Coolidge, American politician, 30th President of the United States (died in 1933)
1883 - Rube Goldberg, American sculptor, cartoonist, and engineer (died in 1970)
1898 - Gertrude Lawrence, British actress, singer, and dancer (died in 1952)
1910 - Gloria Stuart, American actress (died in 2010)
1911 - Mitch Miller, American singer and producer (died in 2010)
1918 - Pauline Phillips, American journalist, created Dear Abby (died in 2013)
1920 - Leona Helmsley, American businesswoman (died in 2007)
1924 - Eva Marie Saint, American actress
1927 - Gina Lollobrigida, Italian actress
1927 - Neil Simon, American playwright and screenwriter (died in 2018)
1930 - George Steinbrenner, American businessman (died in 2010)
1931 - Stephen Boyd, Northern Ireland-born American actor (died in 1977)
1938 - Bill Withers, American singer-songwriter (died in 2020)
1943 - Geraldo Rivera, American lawyer, journalist, and author
1946 - Michael Milken, American businessman, felon and philanthropist
1954 - Morganna, American model and actress
1962 - Pam Shriver, American tennis player and sportscaster
1995 - Post Malone, American singer, rapper
July 4th History
It says a lot for American Spirit & Optimism that we celebrate the day we "declared" independence and not the day, more than 7 years later, when we actually won it. Happy Independence Day!
1054 - A supernova was seen for several months by Chinese, Arab near the star Zeta Tauri - its remnants form the Crab Nebula.
1776 - The United States' Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress.
1803 - The Louisiana Purchase was announced..
1826 - John Adams, second president of the United States, died the same day as Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, on the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption of the United States' Declaration of Independence. The two founding fathers did not get along during their careers.
1827 - Slavery was abolished in New York State.
1855 - The first edition of Walt Whitman's book of poems, Leaves of Grass, was published.
1862 - Lewis Carroll told 10-year-old Alice Liddell a story that was the basis for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1865.
1910 - African-American boxer Jack Johnson knocked out white boxer Jim Jeffries in a heavyweight boxing match.
1911 - A heat wave occurred the northeastern United States, killing 380 people in eleven days.
July 4, 1918 Birthday (fictional) Steve Rogers, Captain America, Marvel Cinematic Universe
1946 - The Philippines gained full independence from the United States.
1950 - Radio Free Europe was first broadcast.
1951 - William Shockley announces the invention of the junction transistor.
1961 - Soviet Submarine k-19 Nuclear Underwater Disaster
1964 - #1 Hit July 4, 1964 - July 17, 1964: The Beach Boys - I Get Around
1966 - US President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act into United States law, effective in 1967.
1971 - Koko the Gorilla was born in the San Francisico Zoo
1976 - The Clash performed publicly for the first time at The Black Swan, in Sheffield, England.
1987 - Former Gestapo chief Klaus "Butcher of Lyon" Barbie was convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life imprisonment.
1992 - #1 Hit July 4, 1992 - August 7, 1992: Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back
1997 - NASA's Pathfinder space probe landed on the surface of Mars.
2004 - The cornerstone of the Freedom Tower was laid on the World Trade Center site in New York City.
2005 - The Deep Impact collider struck the comet Tempel 1.
2009 - The Statue of Liberty's crown reopened to the public after eight years of closure due to security concerns following the September 11 attacks.
2012 - The discovery of particles consistent with the "God particle" - Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider were announced at CERN.
2016 - The Juno probe arrived at Jupiter.
July 4, 2032 (fiction) John Connor was killed by a T-850 in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Film
July 4, next year (fiction) Mankind will fight off alien anvaders, Independence Day, Film
Today's Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
Canada and the US should just combine their independence days into one four-day binge drinking, fireworks and bbq bonanza.
In Call of Duty Advanced Warfare during the single player campaign
the player is prompted to press F to pay respects at a funeral.
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