Happy 4th of July! Some Things You Didn’t Know About the Fourth

Many of the inspirational facts and stories about 4th of July that we are taught as kids are myths that have been concocted over time. This may come as a surprise, a bummer even, but in any case; here are some things about the 4th that you might not have known!

  • The Continental Congress actually declared independence from Britain on July 2, 1776, not July 4th!
  • On July 4th, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence.
  • At first, Americans didn’t celebrate independence until July 8, 2014 when Philadelphia threw a huge party!
  • The story about a blonde-haired, blue-eyed boy who waited by Independence Hall to signal the old man in the bell tower when independence was declared? Fallacy! The story was created in a 19th century children’s book, written by George Lippard.
  • Betsy Ross did not sew the first American Flag. In fact, no one really knows who did.

More fun facts about American Independence reported by The Washington Post here. Happy Holidays!

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