We annually celebrate the Fourth of July knowing that America would not be the free nation that it is today if not for the courage of 56 men.
On July 4, 1776, those men—members of the Continental Congress—approved the Declaration of Independence, a document severing the colonies’ ties to Great Britain. Two future U.S. presidents were among those who signed the paper: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
Before heading out for a day of fun and freedom, honor our patriotic past with more Fourth of July facts:
In 2007, the United States imported $216 million worth of fireworks for citizens to light up the night sky.
When America established its independence, an estimated 2.5 million people lived within the 13 colonies. Last year, the population living throughout the 50 U.S. states sat at more than 300 million.
Ironically, our adversary in 1776 is now our sixth-leading trading partner.
Thirty places nationwide have “liberty” in their names. Eleven include “independence,” and five adopted the word “freedom” as part of their monikers.
No event draws the crowds on July 4 like the America’s Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of thousands of spectators line Constitution Avenue for one of the largest flag-waving, float-filled, marching-band processions ever.