With 243 years of tradition behind it, the Fourth of July is one of America’s most cherished holidays. It’s when we celebrate our nation’s and peoples Freedom and Sacrifice with a day off, a backyard barbecue, and plenty of fireworks. The Founding Fathers and Continental Congress huddled together, presenting the first draft of the Declaration of Independence for July 4, 1776. The first celebrations weren’t much different than today.
Here are some facts you may not have known. Three presidents have died, and one was born, on the Fourth of July. You probably know that both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826—50 years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was adopted. They’re not the only presidents to have died on the Fourth, though; James Monroe—the nation’s fifth president—died just a few years later on July 4, 1831.
Though the holiday might seem like it has it out for former presidents, there was one future leader born on Independence Day. The country’s 30th Commander-in-Chief, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4, 1872.
We here at McKeown’s Heating and Services wish you a Great 4th of July.