We love the Fourth of July and wish you and your family a very happy holiday this week. In honor of this great day celebrating our nation’s independence, we thought we’d share five fun facts about 7/4.
1. The first legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration? The Massachusetts General Court in 1781.
2. Independence Day became a paid federal holiday in 1938 (before that, it had been an unpaid holiday for federal employees since 1870).
3. From the “this will make you shiver” department, our friends at Wikipedia remind us that, “…both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.”
4. A third president and signer of the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, also died on Independence Day (in 1831).
5. The only U.S. President (so far) to be born on the Fourth of July is Calvin Coolidge (in 1872).
How will you be celebrating this week? Share in the comments below.
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