No matter what your plans were today, we housesellers hope you enjoyed your Independence Day holiday and were able to enjoy the relatively cool weather before we hit triple digit temps over the weekend. Every now and then we like to post some of the less well known facts about a particular holiday we think you'd enjoy hearing about and, since we recently learned some new Fourth of July facts, we thought we would share them with you: 

  • The colonies actually officially declared independence on July 2nd, 1776, not the 4th, but the Second Continental Congress didn't approve the Declaration until the 4th.
  • Few of the signatories were available to sign on the 4th so only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 — John Hancock and Charles Thompson.
  • Thomas Jefferson changed the wording of the Declaration of Independence from “the pursuit of property” to “the pursuit of happiness.”
  • The Liberty Bell rings 13 times every Independence Day to honor the 13 original states.
  • Three U.S. presidents have died on Independence Day, Thomas Jefferson (1826), John Adams (1826) and James Monroe (1831). Many of us grew up knowing that Jefferson and Adams died on the same day in 1826, the 50th anniversary of Independence Day...
  • ...but did you know that America’s 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4, 1872.
  • Eighty-five years before the Fourth of July was recognized as a federal holiday in 1870, one tradition began that continues to this day. Billed as "America's Oldest Fourth of July Celebration," the town of Bristol, Rhode Island, has been honoring Independence Day since 1785.
  • While we think of hamburgers, hot dogs (Americans eat 150 million of them on the 4th!) and apple pie as traditional 4th of July fare, in New England the tradition since the beginning has been to eat salmon. During the middle of the summer, salmon was in abundance in rivers throughout the region, so it was a common sight on tables at the time and has stayed that way even with the decline of Atlantic salmon since Revolutionary days.
  • It was seen as unpatriotic if you kept your business open on Independence Day before the Civil War. But after the war ended, restaurants and stores starting having sales on red, white, and blue merchandise and they've continued ever since.
  • Other countries, including Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden also celebrate the Fourth of July as a way to bring in American tourists.
  • While the United States of America now boasts a third of a billion citizens, on July 4th, 1776 there were just 2.5 million residents in the new country.
  • U.S. soldiers got a special treat on the 4th of July in 1778 when George Washington helped the troops celebrate by allowing them a double ration of rum.
We're sure you may have some fun facts about the holiday that we may not know about so please feel free to share in our comments sections or on our Facebook page. Happy Fourth of July!