Independence Day Facts

Did You Know?
 
The Declaration of Independence began as a letter to King George to explain why the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain.
 
The Declaration of Independence was started on July 2, 1776 and the Continental Congress approved the final wording on July 4. The American colonies were declared free and independent states.
 
The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, 1776 and the official signing took place on August 2.
 
56 people signed the Declaration of Independence and Thomas Jefferson wrote the majority of it.
 
The first Independence Day on July 8, 1776 took place in Philadelphia. The White House celebrated Independence Day for the first time in 1804.
 
July 4 was officially declared a holiday in 1870, nearly one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written.
 
According to census.gov, 2.5 million people celebrated the first Independence Day, compared to over 315 million people today.
 
Currently, the oldest Independence Day celebration in the U.S. is held in Bristol, Rhode Island.
 
 
**PLEASE REMEMBER WE ARE CLOSED TODAY (MONDAY, 7/3) AND TOMORROW (TUESDAY, 7/4) IN OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.