Fourth of July Trivia
The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday of many people, but not many people
know much Fourth of July trivia. This holiday marks our independence as
a country, but it is also filled with fun and fascinating facts.
Thomas Jefferson was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.
That is because he was the author of document that stated the colonies would
no longer be under the rule of the British Empire. On the Fourth of July,
many patriotic songs are played, including the Star Spangled Banner. But
do you know who wrote it? It was written by Francis Scott Key. He wrote
the song during the War of 1812 and it was officially made the national
anthem on March 3, 1931.
But what about the celebrations we have each year? The first official state
celebration of the holiday occurred in 1781. It was a dinner between the
militia of Rhode Island and French military officers. The first public reception
for the Fourth of July did not occur at the White House until 1801. A mere
three years later, in 1894, the Fourth of July was celebrated for the first
time west of the Mississippi River – by famed explorers Lewis and
Fireworks are a big part of the celebration and there is Fourth of July
trivia about that as well. When did the first firework display occur on
the Fourth of July? That was back in 1805 in Charleston, South Carolina.
By the Fourth of July 1976, our great country was celebrating its centennial
(one hundred-year birthday) with spectacular firework displays all over
Many people fly the flag on the Fourth of July, but there is flag etiquette
you should always observe. The flag should never be allowed to touch the
ground. A flag that is damage or worn should never be displayed. It should
be burned rather than thrown away. This is seen as a dignified means of