Here are some trivia about Independence Day to amaze your friends and family between fireworks tonight:
- The date of US independence from Great Britain is actually July 2nd 1776, when the Continental Congress adopted a resolution of independence. The wording of the Declaration Of Independence was debated for another 2 days which is why the date on the Declaration of Independence is July 4, 1776.
- Although Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that July 4th, historians claim that the Declaration of Independence was signed a month later on August 2, 1776.
- We can blame George Washington for perhaps the most enduring tradition of Independence Day – alcohol & fireworks: In 1778, Washington marked July Fourth with a double ration of rum for his men and an artillery salute.
- The colors of fireworks are created by adding metals. Copper generates blue fireworks, supposedly the most difficult color of fireworks to produce.