Amazing 4th Of July Facts You Probably Didn't Know

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The Fourth of July has been a paid federal holiday since 1938, but celebrations for the momentous day go as far back as the 18th century.

This Fourth of July, take out some time to brush up on your history.

Even though, for many people, the Independence Day is a chance to kick back one’s heels with a couple of hot dogs, there is no denying the fact the event has a rich history.

In fact, America’s real Independence Day is on July 2, the day when Congress put the vote for Independence. The Fourth of July was only the day the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted.

One of the very first presidents, John Adams, who was instrumental in the American colonies’ break from Great Britain, wrote a letter to his wife, stating “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.”

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It is also recorded Adams celebrated the Independence Day by eating turtle soup, which was considered a great delicacy in the earlier days of America. Over time, the soup was replaced by roast pigs, which led to the tradition of hosting cookouts on July 4.

Nor is America the only country to gain independence on this momentous day. For Rwanda, it is the Liberation Day and an end to the 1994 genocide. For Philippines, it is day the country won its independence from U.S. colonial control. While the date was eventually moved back to June 12 when the Philippines became independent from Spain, there’s still a celebration for Philippine Republic Day, also known as “Filipino-American Friendship Day.”

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