Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.
The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.
Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed later.
he only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as President of the United States were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
One out of eight signers of the Declaration of Independence were educated at Harvard (7 total).
The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.
Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who recommended the bald eagle.
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.
Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.
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.