We Thank Our Military!
With the Independence Day holiday in season, Blackstone Career Institute, named to Victory Media’s 2017 Military Friendly Schools list for the eighth consecutive year, would like to personal thank all military members, veterans, and their families for their services and sacrifices for this country. We recognize that the United States Military is the reason we are able to celebrate the 4th of July as something more than just an ordinary day. Learn more when you get online education. Check out our program for your online education today.
In the spirit of the holiday, here are eight historical facts about Independence Day that you might not have known!
1. American colonies became independent on July 2, 1776, not the 4th. In fact, July 4th was not celebrated as Independence Day until 1941.
2. The significance of July 4th, 1776 is that his was the day Congress accepted the Declaration of Independence, of whom Jefferson wrote most of, but only two men had signed it only July 4th (John Hancock and Charles Thompson). It wasn’t completely signed until August 2nd 1776.
3. The average age of those who signed the Declaration was 45. The youngest was Edward Rutledge, age 26, and the eldest was Benjamin Franklin, ago 70 giving a 44-year age difference between the signers.
4. Several countries have used the Declaration of Independence as a template in their own fight for freedom. These countries include France, Greece, Poland, Russia, and other countries in South America.
5. After July 4th 1776, a total of three presidents have died on July 4th — John Adams (1826), Thomas Jefferson (1826), and James Monroe (1831). In contrast, President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4th 1872.
6. In 1776, about 2.5 million people lived in the United States. As of 2017, this number has increased to over 326.4 million people.
7. The oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States is the 4th of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island, which began in 1785.
8. There is indeed something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Before you get too excited, it is not an invisible treasure map, like in the movie “National Treasure.” There is, however an upside-down, hand written message that reads: “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.” Although the message is simple, no one knows who wrote this or when.