4th of July Trivia

1. Population in 1776 was 2.5 million

2.   On July 1, 1776 the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, and the following day 12 of the 13 colonies voted in favor of Richard Henry Lee's motion for independence. The delegates then spent the next 2 days debating and revising the language of a statement drafted by Thomas Jefferson. Two people signed the declaration of Independence on July 4th. Thomas Jefferson wrote it. John Hancock, the president of Congress, and its secretary, Charles Thompson immediately signed the handwritten draft. The total number of people who signed was 56 

3.The main reason for the Declaration of Independence was that it announced to the world that the 13 former British conloinies in North America were now free from the rule of King George 111. They were now independent states, but they were also united and determined to defend their freedom at any cost. Some of the signers were rich men  were risking their fortunes, and all of them were risking their lives. The American colonists counted on England to protect them against their enemies; The French, who were finally driven from North America and Canada in 1764 so the Americans didn't feel like they needed the British. But the governent in England asked things of the colonists that it had not asked before and tried to take away rights they had long enjoyed. 

4. In 1870 congress declared July 4 to be a national holiday. It became a paid legal holiday in 1938.

5. When in the course of Human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the pwers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Naure and Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

6. The 13 stars represented the 13 colonies and no one colony would be more important then another.

7. The national anthem is The Star Spangled Banner written by Francis Scott Key  in 1814. It became the national anthem in 1931.

8. Behind closed doors, the Second continental Congress voted for independence on July 2. But the signing ceremony for the Declaration of Independence didn't happen until July 4. The final draft wasn't fully signed until August 2. 

9. The second paragraph of the the Declaration of Independence: 

10.The king of England was George III

11. three of the first five Presidents died on July 4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died in 1826. James Monroe, the 5th President, died in 1831.

12. WHITE signifies Purity and innocence, RED, hardiness & valour, BLUE signifies vigilance, perseverance & Justice.

13. There are 7 red stripes on the flag


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