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July 4th Independence Day

July 4th Fun Facts

  • 1777 was the first year fireworks were used in an official Fourth of July celebration. ...
  • There was an estimated 2.5 million people living in the 13 colonies on July 4, 1776.
  • Fourth of July became a federal holiday in 1870.
  • China is credited with the invention of fireworks.

What is the true story behind the 4th of July?

The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They'd been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.

Why do we celebrate 4th of July with fireworks?

Early U.S. settlers brought their love of fireworks with them to the New World and fireworks were part of the very first Independence Day – a tradition that continues every 4th of July when we celebrate as John Adams had hoped “with pomp, parade….

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