Five Things You Didn’t Know About the Fourth of July
THE FOURTH OF JULY WAS ALMOST THE SECOND OF JULY-While Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, it made the formal call for freedom on July 2.
A FAMOUS HOT DOG EATING COMPETITION STARTED AS A FIGHT OVER WHO WAS MORE PATRIOTIC-Four immigrants arguing over who was the most patriotic on the Fourth of July decided to settle their dispute with a hot dog eating contest, according to Nathan’s Famous.
THREE PRESIDENTS HAVE DIED ON JULY 4 (AND ONE HAD AN INDEPENDENCE-DAY BIRTHDAY)-John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on July 4. Calvin Coolidge is the only president to share a birthday with his country.
THE LIBERTY BELL HASN’T RUNG IN 171 YEARS-The Liberty Bell last rang on Feb. 23, 1846, to celebrate George Washington’s birthday, Duncan said. It hasn’t been rung for the 171 years since then because of fears that it would worsen the crack.
THE UNITED STATES WILL GAIN 15,000 NEW CITIZENS THROUGH THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND-Across the country, more than 65 naturalization ceremonies will be held.