Happy 4th of July!

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments

Happy 4th of July!

So this Independence Day I decided to read the fact that Yahoo.com presented. I found them interesting and thought that I would share them… Happy Independence Day!

Independence Day is celebrated two days too late. The Second Continental Congress voted for a Declaration of Independence on July 2. No one actually signed the Declaration of Independence at any time during July 1776. Signing began on August 2 and wasn’t completed until late November. July 4 was when the document was edited and approved.

Patriot Paul Revere did ride on the night of April 18, 1775 to alert the countryside that British troops were on the move. But Revere was part of an early warning system. Revere and fellow rider William Dawes reached Lexington, Mass., to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that they’d likely be arrested. But Revere and Dawes were captured by the British with third rider Samuel Prescott soon afterward. The better known story of Revere’s lone ride was deliberate mythmaking by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to evoke patriotism on the eve of the Civil War through his poem.

U.S. independence definitely prompted a party, but joyful patriots didn’t ring the Liberty Bell until it cracked on July 4, 1776. The State House Bell likely didn’t ring at all that day. The bell was just poorly cast, and it cracked after it arrived in 1752. It was then recast, but then recracked several times.

There’s no invisible message or map on the back of the Declaration of Independence, as depicted in the film National Treasure. But on the back of the document, a line at the bottom reads “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.”

There is no proof that Betsy Ross did or didn’t sew the flag. The story of the famous seamstress only circulated when it was raised by her grandson almost 100 years after the flag was revealed in 1777.

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