Happy 4th of July y’all from Texas.Finally a day off and resting.
It’s one of the few days I’ll take off this year-I’m proud Texan and also proud American, but did you know about those 4 facts?:
Fact 1: We should celebrate on July 2nd
John Adams wrote a letter to Abigail on July the 2nd that this day would go down in history. Congress though ruled it in favor of independence on July 2. but only two days later then accepted Jefferson’s declaration, explaining the vote two days before that really got fixed in the America’s imagination as our birthday. July 2nd should be Independence Day
Fact 2: Jefferson used a laptop of his time
Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a portable desk, that could fit on one’s lap. .It features a hinged writing board and a locking drawer for papers, pens and inkwell.
Fact 3: Death Days
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826. That was also the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the declaration both heroes of the declaration died. Jefferson died first. Adams was alive and didn’t know that Jefferson had died but said the famous sentence : ‘Jefferson still lives.’ And people took that to mean his words will live forever.
Fact 4: The Liberty Bell
The Liberty Bell had nothing to do with July 4th. It wasn’t called the “Liberty Bell” until the 1830s and that’s also when it got its famous crack. The bell acquired its distinctive large crack some time in the early 19th century—a widespread story claims it cracked while ringing after the death of Chief Justice John Marshall in 1835.
The bell became famous after an 1847 short story claimed that an aged bellringer rang it on July 4, 1776, upon hearing of the Second Continental Congress’s vote for independence. Despite the fact that the bell did not ring for independence on that July 4, the tale was widely accepted as fact, even by some historians. Beginning in 1885, the City of Philadelphia, which owns the bell, allowed it to go to various expositions and patriotic gatherings. The bell attracted huge crowds wherever it went, additional cracking occurred and pieces were chipped away by souvenir hunters. The last such journey occurred in 1915, after which the city refused further requests.