Fourth of July Facts

american-flag3358Independence Day is tomorrow! Here are some facts to start the celebration. America celebrates Independence Day 2 days late. Congress voted for the Declaration of Independence on July 2nd! We celebrate the day the Declaration of Independence was dated. The American flag is never supposed to be held upside down unless it is being used as a distress signal. It is also never supposed to be in the dark, wet, or allowed to touch the ground. The first public Fourth of July party was held at the White House in 1801. The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941. Three U.S. Presidents have died on July 4th: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe. The current United States flag was designed during a school project. Robert Heft, 17, won the contest and his design became our flag. The longest-standing annual Independence Day celebration occurs in Bristol, Rhode Island. They have held a parade every year since 1785. The 56 patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence did not place their names on the document on July 4, 1776, nor did they all sign at the same time. The official signing event was on August 2, 1776, when 50 of the men signed it. The others signed at various times over the next few months.