Happy U.S. Independence Day!
Happy U.S. Independence Day to all our U.S. Realmers. To celebrate, we are continuing the reduction in the costs and upgrade times of Strongholds by 50% due to popular demand!
Did you know that many historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed. Here are some other cool Independence Day facts:
- Held since 1785, the Bristol Fourth of July Parade in Bristol, Rhode Island is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States.
- Since 1868, Seward, Nebraska has held a celebration on the same town square. In 1979, Seward was designated “America's Official Fourth of July City” by resolution of Congress.
- July 4 was officially declared a holiday in 1870, nearly one hundred years after the Declaration of Independence was written.
- Three U.S. presidents actually died on July 4. Two of them passed away within hours of each other on July 4, 1826: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
- Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who recommended the bald eagle.
- Approximately 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on this day.
- Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.
- The American flag has a name, which was given by Captain William Driver, a shipmaster from Massachusetts. The flag is named Old Glory.
- The Fourth of July wasn’t officially declared a national holiday until 1941 and is the only federal holiday that has not been moved to a Thursday, Friday or Monday for convenience.
- The term "Independence Day" was not used until 1791.