If you’re an RVer, chances are, you get really excited this time of year. That’s because the 4th of July is the best time of year to take the rig out for a great family vacation – or just a weekend campout. With July here and the stars and stripes starting to fly, you’ll want your Independence Day to be the most fun – and most patriotic – ever. To help you along, we’ve got the 4th of July trivia that’s sure to impress – and possibly stump – your friends, family and fellow campers. Take these fun facts along and you’ll be the life of the campfire.
How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th?
The short answer? Two. Okay, so that’s kind of a trick question. The long answer is that the Declaration of Independence was ratified on the 4th of July, and subsequently signed throughout the summer of 1776, with most signing on August 2. You’ll stump a lot of friends with this one!
How many Declarations of Independence exist?
You knew it was a rare document, but that piece of paper might not be as rare as you thought. That’s because there wasn’t just one copy. About 200 copies were printed, of which 26 are known to exist today.
Which three presidents died on the 4th of July?
Yes, you read that right, THREE presidents died on the 4th of July… and it gets even weirder. All three were among the first five Presidents of the United States – and two died on the exact same day in the exact same year! James Monroe died on July 4, and John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th birthday of America!
Who was the July 4th party pooper?
All of the founding fathers agreed that July 4 should be known as America’s Independence Day – all but one. John Adams thought the day should be celebrated on July 2, the day the Continental Congress actually voted to declare independence from Great Britain. However, the day the Declaration was accepted, July 4, won over.
Which other countries celebrate the 4th of July?
Think we’re original over here? Well, not exactly. We might be the only ones celebrating the stars and stripes on the 4th, but we’re not the only country celebrating. That’s because the Philippines celebrate their independence that day too. And in many European countries – namely Denmark, the UK and Ireland – you might see some fireworks. That’s because so many natives have emigrated to America.
What do people like to eat?
If you’re standing around the campfire roasting hot dogs on Independence Day, you’re not alone. Statistics show that more hot dogs are consumed in America on July 4 than any other day of the year. Hope you’re packing some relish in that RV!
Did Thomas Jefferson have a laptop?
Kind of! Did you know that the founding father actually authored the Declaration on a laptop? Granted, this laptop was a small desk station that sat on the lap and served as a hard surface on which to write. But hey, it’s fun to think about!
The Declaration of Independence promises us the right to the pursuit of what?
Well, the answer is happiness, but it might not have been. Initially, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “life, liberty and the pursuit of property.” Well, if property means a great RV in the driveway, then we think it’s pretty synonymous with happiness!
When did it become a national holiday?
Not as early as you might think! In fact, July 4 wasn’t recognized as a federal holiday until 1870 – almost 100 years after the initial event. It was recognized as part of a bill that created federal holiday observance for Christmas.
Got a fun fact to take camping? Let’s here it!