4th of July
By Saskia Ghosh, OK

The Fourth of July brings to mind barbeques with family, fireworks, and red, white, and blue paraphernalia. While most Americans know this special day represents the signing of the Declaration of Independence, they may be unaware of lesser known facts that embody the day of July 4th.

Three U.S. Presidents died on July 4th: Two presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826, and James Monroe passed away on July 4, 1831.

July Second? While the Continental Congress technically adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, the approval for independence from Congress actually occurred on July 2nd. In addition, it is thought by many historians that the signing of the Declaration of Independence occurred on July 2nd.

A Child Created the American Flag: 17-year-old Robert G. Heft created the design of the current 50-star version of the American flag for a high school project. After receiving a B- on his design, he discussed a deal with his teacher: if the flag design was accepted by the U.S. Congress, an adjustment of his grade would be considered.

Jefferson Wrote the Declaration of Independence on a Laptop: While modern day laptops were not created until hundreds of years after the drafting of the Constitution, Jefferson did in fact write the Declaration of Independence on a lap desk called a “laptop.”

Now, you know the facts. Remember though the reason Americans celebrate the Fourth of July: to acknowledge the creation of our wonderful country. Happy 4th, delegates!

 

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