8 Interesting Facts About 4th of July
With 4th of July around the corner and independence festivities in preparation, here are 8 interesting facts about 4th of July to read and enjoy.
1. The first public gathering to commemorate the 4th of July celebrations was hosted at the White House in the year 1804.
2. Although, this might sound funny, but it’s quite painful to recall how the hullabaloo during one of the most festive events had horses scared and fearful with people bursting fire crackers on the streets. This turmoil however came to an end when the four legged creatures were substituted with cars.
3. Those members who signed the Declaration of Independence had their names and identities protected for 6 months after signing the declaration. On account of failure in achieving independence, the signers would have received death sentence.
4. The first Independence celebration was held in West Mississippi at the Independence Creek which was celebrated by Lewis and Clark in 1805.
5. It was in the year 1941 that The Federal legal holiday status was conferred upon 4th of July by the Congress. It’s one of those Federal holidays that was not moved to the closest Friday or Monday.
6. Over 30 places across the nation have the term ‘Liberty’ in their names. Liberty, Missouri has the highest number of 30 at 26, 232. Iowa too has more of such places, some of which include Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty and West Liberty.
7. Some of the festival celebrations during the early years of independence made use of firing cannons, fireworks, hosting bonfires and concerts. The founding fathers also agreed that being a memorable day in the history of the nation, the event ought to be celebrated with parade, illustrations, pomp and bonfires.
8. When John Philip Sousa played the famous song, ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever,’ no one knew this incidental holiday composition will become a classic march-band parade for the 4th of July celebrations.