- Congress actually voted for American independence on July 2, 1776, but the documents weren't printed until two days later. The printer recorded July 4 as the "official" date of independence, and Americans have celebrated it on that day ever since.
- Although the Independence Day barbecue has become a symbol of the holiday, only about 25 percent of Americans actually attend one.
- More than 14,000 different fireworks displays -- using 238 million pounds of pyrotechnics -- occur every July 4.
- The original title of "The Star Spangled Banner" was "The Defense of Fort McHenry."
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Happy Birthday, America!
Uncle John's Bathroom Reader.