Celebrating the 4th of July: 3 Surprising Fun Facts

Independence Day greetings from my family to yours.

Independence Day greetings from my family to yours.

It’s a well-known fact that there will be brats on the grill and potato salad in the fridge when my family gets together to celebrate the 4th of July this week. What always surprising me are about our nation’s Independence Day, and holidays in general, are the little-known facts. There are those we learned and forgot, and those that weren’t part of the curriculum at the time. So, as you plan your celebration with this list of local activities and you brush up on your firework safety tips, check our these three surprising fun facts about the 4th of July:

  • 50 Flags for 24 Hours. At the Washington Monument, there are 50 flags flown for 24 hours a day, and proper care and etiquette for the American Flag says that if the flag does not have a light shining on it at night, then it must be taken down every evening and put back up every morning.
  • The Biggest Signature. Some have said that John Hancock was the only signer who signed on the actual 4th of July. We know for certain that he was the first to sign, and did so in an entirely blank space, making his signature the largest and most memorable. This is why we use the term “your John Hancock here, please,” when signing papers today.
  • 59 Places with Liberty. In the United States of America, there are 59 places that contain the word “liberty” in them. Pennsylvania has more than any other state with 11.

The 4th of July celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, making it a federal holiday, which means my office will be closed on July 4, 2014. Happy 4th of July to all. Stay safe and enjoy your activities! The link(s) in the materials above are being provided strictly as a courtesy. When you link to any of the web sites provided here, you are leaving this web site and assume total responsibility and risk for your use of the web site you are linking to. We make no representation as to the completeness or accuracy of information provided at these web sites.