Little known facts about the Fourth of July

Ariona Imel, Staff Writer

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When the Fourth of July rolls around, that’s when dad pulls out his fancy grill and mom gets to cooking. The fun of the Fourth of July is the fireworks, food, parades, reunions and much more. Though it seems that we know everything there is to know about the fourth, here are some little-known facts about the holiday.

  • America really gained its independence on July 2, 1776.
  • Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on a "laptop" or a small board that sat on your lap.
  • Only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, the rest signed August 2.
  • Seems the fourth is a happy day but three U.S. presidents have died on July 4 - John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.
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  • In 1884, miners blew up a post office in Colorado because they didn’t have fireworks.
  • The fourth of July is also known for food, food and more food. People spend the most money on chips, watermelon and libations.
  • The way we celebrate today isn’t any different than the way they celebrated back in the day.
  • Apparently eating salmon is a Fourth of July tradition over in New England.