Ten things you never knew about… the Fourth of July

1. Actually the Continental Congress passed the Declaration on July 2 but it was printed two days later after revisions.

2. The Declaration was signed by 56 delegates. A notable omission was George Washington who, as Commander of the Army, was defending New York against the British at the time.

3. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the only signatories who later became US President.

4. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, 50 years after Independence Day.

5. This is still the only day in history on which two US Presidents died.

6. President James Monroe died on July 4, 1831.

7. The only US President to have been born on the Fourth of July was Calvin Coolidge, born in 1872.

8. The 13 stripes on today’s US flag represent the 13 British colonies that declared independence. The original flag also had 13 stars in a circle.

9. In 1776, the populations of the US and UK were about 2.4 million and 5.9 million. Now they are 326 million and 66 million.

10. It is estimated that 155 million hot dogs are eaten in the US on Independence Day.