4th of July Fun Facts The 4th of July is the holiday that marks our beautiful country’s independence. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed and America became an independent nation. In honor of what some call, “America’s 240th Birthday” here are 10 fun facts that many may not know about the 4th of July and the Declaration of Independence. 1. Three of our first five Presidents passed away on the July 4: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. 2. Thomas Jefferson was the first President to host a 4th of July party at the White House. 3. Only two signatures (out of 56) were signed on the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. 4. The additional 54 were signed on Aug. 2, 1776. 5. Congress deemed fireworks as the official way to celebrate the holiday in 1777 (in honor of the first anniversary). 6. July 4th is the biggest hot dog holiday of each year. 7. On the first 4th of July there were 2.5 million people in America. Fast-forward to 2016 and there are now 318.9 million people in America! 8. 4th of July did not become a federal holiday until 1870. 9. The oldest signer of the document was 70, and the youngest was 26. 10. More than 14,000 fireworks are launched each year. When enjoying your 4th celebrations, share these fun facts with your friends and family! Here’s to a safe and happy 4th of July!