Fun Facts about the 4th of July – Redlands CA, Yucaipa CA

declaration of independenceOn this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.

As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

2.5 million—In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.

316.2 million—The nation’s estimated population on this July Fourth.

56— is the number of signers to the Declaration of Independence.declaration of independence2

Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston comprised the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration. Jefferson, regarded as the strongest and most eloquent writer, wrote most of the document.

 

Wishing you all a very happy and safe 4th of July!

George Litchfield