Fun Facts for the Fourth

Independence Day is celebrated on July 4th. Though the Continental Congress had voted to declare independence from the monarch of Britain on July 2nd, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was not fully revised and declared until the fourth.

The United States of America is not a democracy, but a republic. Some call it a democratic republic.

The Electoral College was created so that the smaller states could have just as much of a say as the bigger ones.

“Separation of church and state” is not in the Constitution, but rather in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association, saying that the government could not make laws to favor a particular religion or restrict the free exercise thereof. The Founding Fathers had seen what happens when the government favors and promotes a religion.

Not all the Founding Fathers were Christians, though many of them fall under the general umbrella that some call Christianity.

Fireworks, firecrackers, pyrotechnics, and other celebratory explosives should be used with proper safety precautions.

The colors of the U.S. flag did not have a meaning when the flag was chosen, but the colors were later given meaning that matches the symbolism in the Great Seal of the United States: Red for valor and bravery, white for innocence and purity, and blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

In 1777, Congress passed the first Flag Resolution. The flag of the Thirteen Colonies had thirteen red and white stripes, and a blue field in the upper left containing a circle of thirteen stars. Thirteen was important because there were thirteen colonies. The flag has gone through many changes since, to the flag we see today with fifty stars in the blue field, still retaining the thirteen red and white stripes.

(By the way, fact check me. Look up things for yourself and see what else you find.)


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