This Independence Day, we would like to express our sincerest appreciation for your business. We value the trust you have placed in WheelHouse Solutions to help you with your company’s IT Services. We will be closed Tuesday, July 4th to enjoy the holiday with our families.
On Independence Day, we thought it would be appropriate to share some fun facts about this historic day. We are already familiar with the fireworks, parades, barbeque, and festivities like picnics, fairs, concerts, and parties that take place on this day, but there are some things many people don’t know about the Fourth of July:
- Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
- Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
- Fireworks are part of the tradition of celebrating this national holiday. The U.S. imported $227.3 million worth of fireworks from China in 2012. U.S. exports of fireworks, by comparison, came to just $11.7 million in 2012, with Israel purchasing more than any other country ($2.5 million).
- The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) of South Carolina. The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin (70) of Pennsylvania. The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.
- One out of eight signers of the Declaration of Independence was educated at Harvard (7 total).
- The only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as President of the United States were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
- The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
- The White House held its first 4th July party in 1801.
- President John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth. Adams and Jefferson (both signed the Declaration) died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.
- Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who recommended the bald eagle.
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