Two hundred forty years ago the thirteen American colonies declared their independence from the British Empire. The United States of America was declared a new nation independent of their former rulers.
Independence Day, more commonly known as the 4th of July, is now a national holiday. Ask any elementary school student what Independence day commemorates, and you'll receive an accurate response, but ask many adults and often you will find very ambiguous or even incorrect answers.
While we celebrate with firework displays, parades, barbecues, picnics, and family reunions, it's important to remember why we celebrate in the first place.
Here are five fun facts regarding the 4th of July
1. Most historians believe that the Declaration of Independence was not actually signed on July 4, 1776. Most of the signers penned their name on August 2, 1776.
2. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only two signers to later serve as presidents of the Unites Sates.
3. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
4. Calvin Coolidge is the only president to be born on the 4th of July.
5. The population of the United States in 1776 was 2.5 million compared to almost 324 million today.