What You Didn’t Know About Independence Day

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This week is a wild one for the Hammer family. Several family members have birthdays over the next ten days including my nearly two year old, Ari. But among all of our bday festivities, we will absolutely spend time delighting in our National holiday and every well-loved treat that comes along with it. Here’s to you watermelon slices! Today you are King! And let’s not forget every sparkler, firework, grilled meat, and red/white/blue outfit. Cheers to every detail of the day!

But you know what, I’m just going to take a second here to offer a few fast facts about why we celebrate July 4th. And here’s why: I totally paid attention in AP US History… but that was a really (reallllly) long time ago and I could a refresher as much as the next guy. Here are three things to memorize about today if you didn’t already know (or forgot!).

  • On July 4, 1776 we declared independence from Great Britain (and its monarchy).
  • Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. Then, in 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday. Good call, right?
  • Only two of the fine gentlemen who signed the Declaration of Independence went on to serve as President of the United States: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

Alrighty. Now go enjoy your new party trick and share your wealth of information with all your loved ones. You’re welcome.

 

 

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