9 things you didn’t know about the Fourth of July

Will Lafferty blows a whistle while walking in First Baptist Church’s Weekday Education’s annual Fourth of July parade, in Oxford, Miss., on July 3, 2018.
Bruce Newman, The Oxford Eagle via AP

Across the country, Americans will don red, white and blue on July 4 to celebrate the nation’s independence with barbecues, parades and fireworks.

The holiday commemorates the Founding Fathers’ declaration of independence in 1776. The day has had a fascinating history ever since, rife with quirky coincidences and inventive celebrations.

Want to impress your friends and family at this year’s Fourth of July gathering? Check out these facts you might not have known about the holiday.

1. Congress didn’t actually vote for independence on July 4. 

Twelve of thirteen states approved a resolution for independence on July 2, not July 4, …

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