“We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America… are absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown.”
And with those words written in the Declaration of Independence and adopted on July 4, 1776 - America became an independent nation. As American’s prepare to celebrate their special day, here at Escape Travel, we thought we’d put together some interesting trivia facts surrounding Independence Day.
Here are our top five trivia facts based around the 4th of July.
Three American Presidents have died on July 4 - including Thomas Jefferson, who ironically was the principle author of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, America’s second President and also considered a Founding Father and James Monroe, who died in 1831.
A treasonous act
The names of the individuals who signed the Independence Declaration were not publicised for at least six months – because if the move had backfired, those who attempted independence may have been tried for treason, an act punishable by death.
Date of Signing
While the official date of adoption is the 4th of July, the 56 people who signed the document did not do so on July 4. The majority of signatures were formalised on August 2, 1776.
Fixed in the Calendar
Unlike other American public holidays, the 4th of July celebrations have never been moved to the nearest Friday or Monday since Congress declared the date a federal holiday in 1941.
For the film, Independence Day, the President’s Speech scene was filmed outside in an airplane hangar that once housed the plane that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshirma. What made the filming extra special – was the shoot took place exactly 50 years after the bomb was dropped.