Fourth of July Facts Through History

Separate our celebratory facts from fiction. 

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1. We didn’t actually declare independence on the Fourth— we declared it on the 2nd.

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2. Very few signed the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth—not even John Hancock. 

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3. One woman's name is on the Declaration of Independence.

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4. An estimated 2.5 million people were living in the Thirteen Colonies when they declared independence.

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5. Massachusetts was the first state to make the Fourth an official holiday.

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6. We’ll be frank— we eat a lot of hot dogs.

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7. The Star Spangled Banner, originally known as ‘Defence of Fort M’Henry’, didn’t become the National Anthem until 1930— 116 years after it was written.

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8. Not everyone in America gained their independence in 1776.

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