Every 4th of July we celebrate America’s Independence, but what else do we know about this historic day?

4th of July fireworksAs we celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the 4th of July here are five things you should probably know about America’s most patriotic day.

The Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4, 1776

The actual signage of the Declaration of Independence didn’t take place until August 2, 1776.

The Continental Congress declared Independence on July 2, 1776, and two days later, after several edits, they agreed on the final draft of the document hence the reason Independence Day is celebrated every 4th of July.

One of the Founding Fathers disagreed with the 4th of July

In John Adams’ point of view, a more fitting day to celebrate America’s Independence would be indeed the second Day of July, as he pointed out in a letter to his wife that read “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.”

It is said that he would refuse invitations to celebrations of the 4th of July as a protest.

It didn’t become a federal holiday until 1870

Even though celebration of 4th of July has always been recognized with parades, concerts and bonfires as a tradition from the very beginning, these didn’t become really popular and widespread until after the War of 1812, when America took on Great Britain.

In 1870, the U.S. Congress finally declared the 4th of July as a Federal holiday and in 1941, expanded the provision to include for it to be a paid holiday for federal employees.

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the 50th anniversary

In a perhaps interesting twist of fate, both Jefferson and Adams died on July 4, 1826, which was the 50h anniversary of the patriotic day. Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence mostly all by himself.

James Monroe, who served as the fifth president, also died on July 4, but five years later, in 1831.

The day of the hot dog?

As traditions have evolved over time, Independence Day has become a day of family gatherings and barbecues. TIME magazine revealed that Americans consume about 155 million hot dogs during the 4th of July celebrations alone.

Additionally, Americans also consume an approximate $92 million of chips, $167.5 million on watermelon, and $341.4 million on beets.

As you celebrate 4th of July, don’t forget to share these facts about what makes our nation so great with friends and family. By the way, if you’re still looking for ways to celebrate 4th of July, there are lots of things to do in South Florida. Check out this list.