We’re taking a breather from auto talk today to focus on America’s birthday. Tomorrow marks 236 years since the Continental Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence, a document announcing that the 13 colonies intended to break away from Great Britain (actually, the near unanimous vote took place on July 2nd with heavy editing and a final vote to follow on July 4th). So, in honor of our great nation, here’s a look at the document that birthed our country, a list of cool 4th facts and, of course, pics of some of the most patriotic wheels around. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!
(To read the full Declaration of Independence visit http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/)
- It took Thomas Jefferson less than three weeks – from June 11 to June 28, 1776 – to draft the Declaration of Independence.
- John Adams maintained that July 2nd was the correct date on which to celebrate the Declaration’s signing. As such he was said to refuse to attend any Independence Day party held on the 4th.
- Early 4th celebrations included mock funerals for King George III (King of England from whom America was seeking independence).
- George Washington celebrated America’s second birthday in 1778 by giving all his soldiers double rations of rum.
- In 1781, Massachusetts was the first state to make July 4th an official state holiday.
- July 4th became a federal holiday in 1870.
- The 4th is symbolized by parades, barbeques and fireworks, all of which would make John Adams proud. In a letter to his wife, Abigail, Adams predicted the signing of the Declaration would be celebrated by generations to come, and suggested the festivities include “Pomp and Parade… Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other.”
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