We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
-The Declaration of Independence 4 of July, 1776.
AutoCricket.com would like to encourage everyone to have a safe and fun Independence Day. We’ve gathered some interesting historical facts about the 4th of July, patriotism, and America itself.
Did you know…
- The first Independence Day celebration was actually on July 8th, 1776 in Philadelphia.
Congress did not declare the fourth of July a legal federal holiday until 1941.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4th 1826. 50 years to the day after they signed the Declaration of Independence.
-The word “Patriot” comes from the Latin word patria, which roughly translates to “Fatherland”.
-John Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence, He signed it large, bold and in the center. His reasoning for signing so large was “So fat George can read it without his spectacles.” Thus the expression for signing your name is known as giving your “John Hancock”.
-The last to sign was Thomas McKean, in January 1777.
-The origin of Uncle Sam is rumored to have began in 1812, when Samuel Wilson was a meat packer who provided meat to the US Army. The meat shipments were stamped with the initials, U.S. Someone joked that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam”. This joke eventually led to the idea of Uncle Sam symbolizing the United States government.