Streets of red, white and blue, huge balloons of Uncle Sam are all in remembrance of July 4, 1776. It is the day they got their freedom from the British reign and signed the Declaration of Independence. Ever since, the US celebrates this day as their Independence Day.
Here are a few facts about American Independence Day that you might come as a surprise.
- Officially, USA declared independence on July 2. It took time to complete the signing of the Declaration.
- The Star Spangled Banner or the American Flag was designed as part of a high school project by Robert G. Heft of Lancaster, Ohio.
- Due to the lack of colors, the Americans originally celebrated with greenery and firing cannons.
- Mysore Kingdom of India was one of the first states to acknowledge the independence of United State of America and sent them a letter congratulating them , the same is still preserved in a French library.
- Three presidents – James Monroe, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson died on 4th July.
- ‘Uncle Sam’ the famous personification of the US Government originated from a meat packer who supplied rations during the War of 1812.
- Poland, Russia, France, Greece and several South American countries used the Declaration of Independence as an inspiration in their own fight for freedom.
- The first newspaper that printed the Declaration of Independence was the Pennsylvania Evening Post.
USA does have its rich history, does it not? This could be one of the reasons why this country attracts so many immigrants. If you want to jump on the bandwagon and study, work or settle in this land of opportunities.