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10 Fun Facts about the 4th of July

1. According to author Kenneth C. Davis, July 2nd is the real day of Independence, but it's celebrated on the fourth because that's when congress accepted Jefferson's declaration.

2. In a bizarre, though perhaps apt, twist of fate, both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4th, 1826.

3. July 4th marks a day of liberation in both the Philippines and Rwanda.

4. Americans began observing the fourth of July as early as 1777. When the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade, a thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks, but congress didn't make it official until 1870, when it was part of a bill passed to recognize major state holidays at a federal level - like Christmas and New Years Day.

5. Calvin Coolidge, the country's 30th president, was born on Independence Day. As well as the current first daughter Malia Obama.

6. July fourth is the "biggest hot dog holiday of the year," according to TIME Magazine, with Americans reportedly consuming about 155 million of them on Independence Day alone.

7. According to legend, on July 4th, 1776 John Adams and his wife, sat down for a celebratory meal of turtle soup, New England poached salmon with egg sauce, green peas and new potatoes in jackets. They followed the meal with Indian pudding or Apple Pandowdy.

8. Only one place in the nation has "patriot" in it's name, according to the bureau. Patriot, Indiana is said to have an estimated population of 209.

9. Franklin wrote he was displeased that the bald eagle had been chosen as the symbol for the nation. He thought the turkey was far more respectable.

10. Due to concerns about cracking the iconic instrument, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. Instead, every year, to mark the Fourth of July, the 2,000 pound bell is tapped 13 times to signal for bells across the country to start ringing.

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