While celebrating our country’s freedom, and remembering our nations’ heroes, past and present, feel free to print out this fun and interesting list of 4th of July trivia to share with your family and friends at your picnics and get-togethers.
1. The two things that the American flag should never touch are – the ground and water.
2. Two presidents who both signed the Declaration of Independence, also both died on July 04, 1826. They were Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.
3. It wasn’t until 1941 that Congress declared 4th of July a federal holiday, and is one of the few holidays, that was not moved to the nearest Friday or Monday.
4. The origin of “Uncle Sam” began in 1812, with Samuel Wilson, who was a meat packer and provided meat to the U.S. Army. The meat shipments were stamped with his initials, “US”. They started joking that “US” meant “Uncle Sam”, and the joke eventually lead to the idea for “Uncle Sam” symbolizing the United States government.
5. Fireworks were invented by the Chinese, in much the same way they constructed rockets for war.
6. There are 30 places in the U.S. with the word Liberty in it’s name; 11 places in the U.S. with the word Independence in it’s name; 5 places in the U.S. with the word Freedom in it’s name; and 1 place with the word Patriot in it’s name – Patriot, Indiana.
7. The names of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were withheld from the public for more than 6 months, to protect the signers. If independence had not been achieved, the treasonable act of the signers would have, by law, resulted in their deaths.
8. Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner.
9. The Statue of Liberty is 151 feet tall.
10. The triangular shape of a folded flag, represents the tri-cornered hat of the colonial soldiers during the Revolutionary War.
11. The Liberty Bell was sounded from the tower of Independence Hall on July 08, 1776, summoning citizens to gather for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, which was read by Colonel John Nixon.
Bald Eagle Facts
* Is our country’s national bird. (U.S.)
* Have few natural enemies, and live only in North America.
* The only other kind of eagle in North America, is the golden eagle.
* It is a felony to shoot an eagle.
* Bald eagles get their white head and tail feathers at around 4-5 years of age.
* Bald eagles mate for life, but if one dies, the survivor will accept a new mate.
Have a very safe and fun 4th of July celebration!
Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina ‘The Veggie Goddess’ Matthews