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Happy 4th of July!

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5 Things You Didn't Know About July 4th 
  1. The Continental Congress declared independence on July 2nd, 1776. In fact, John Adams expected July 2nd to be our national independence day. In a letter to his wife, Abigail Adams, he wrote: The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. 
  2. Thomas Jefferson was not the sole author of the Declaration of Independence. A five-man team - Ben Franklin, Robert Livingston, John Adams, and Roger Sherman - as well as the full Continental Congress, helped to draft and edit. 
  3. The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 different people over a six-month period. Most of the delegates signed on August 2nd, 1776. 
  4. The Liberty Bell did not ring in American Independence. If fact, the bell received its moniker in the early 19th century - abolitionists used it as a symbol of the antislavery movement. 
  5. Betsy Ross did not sew the first American flag. It is not known who did, but Francis Hopkinson, a Continental Congress delegate, claims to have designed it. 

(via The Washington Post


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