Interesting Facts About the Fourth of July:
Five Things You Might Not Know About Independence Day
Three U.S. presidents died on July 4. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two of the longest surviving signers of the Declaration of Independence, died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826-the 50th anniversary of signing the Declaration. Adams died at age 90 in Braintree, Mass., and Jefferson at age 83 near Charlottesville, Va. Five years later, James Monroe died on July 4 at age 73 in New York City.
The Liberty Bell is tapped, but not rung. To avoid cracking it further, the 2,000-pound Liberty Bell is instead gently tapped 13 times, representing the 13 original colonies, at an annual ceremony in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July to signal bells across the country to start ringing.
My, how we've grown. In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation was 2.5 million. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation's estimated population in July 2015 will be more than 321 million.
An event for the ages. Fifty-six men from each of the original 13 colonies signed the Declaration of Independence.The average age of the signer was 45. The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, who was 70 at the signing. The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr., of South Carolina, who was 27.
Happy Birthday, Malia Obama! The elder daughter of President Obama and the First Lady will turn 17 years old on July 4, 2015. Malia will enter her senior year of high school in the fall, and she and her parents are reportedly in the midst of the college-hunting process.