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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day: 4th of July Facts and Fun

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence.

On 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.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July holiday.

Did you know...

2.5 million - In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
313.9 million - The nation's estimated population on this July Fourth. (Source)

There is something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence, but it isn't a secret map or code. Instead, there are a few handwritten words that say, "Original Declaration of Independence/ dated 4th July 1776". No one knows who wrote this, but it was probably added as a label when the document was rolled up for storage many years ago. (Source)

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