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    had me going....5 myths of the 4th of July

    1. The Declaration of Independence Was Signed on July 4. Independence Day is celebrated two days too late. The Second Continental Congress voted for a Declaration of Independence on July 2, prompting John Adams to write his wife, "I am apt to believe that [July 2, 1776], will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival."
    2. Paul Revere Rode Solo. Patriot Paul Revere really did hit the road on the night of April 18, 1775, to alert the countryside that British troops were on the move. But the image of an inspired, lone rider isn't accurate. Revere was part of a low-tech—but highly effective—early-warning system.
    3. July 4, 1776, Party Cracked the Liberty Bell. U.S. independence surely prompted a party, but joyful patriots didn't ring the Liberty Bell until it cracked on July 4, 1776. In fact the State House Bell likely didn't ring at all that day. As for the crack, the bell had been poorly cast and cracked soon after its arrival in 1752. The bell was subsequently recast, and recracked, several times but was intact during the Revolutionary War.
    4. Betsy Ross Sewed the First Flag. So who sewed the first flag? No one knows. But we do know who designed it. It was Frances Hopkinson. Records show that in May 1780 he sent a bill to the Board of Admiralty for designing the"flag of the United States."
    5. Native Americans Sided With the British. "(He) has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions." The Declaration of Independence made this claim against King George III, and many Native Americans did eventually fight with the British, but many others sided with people in the colonies or simply tried to stay out of the European conflict altogether,






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    Re: had me going....5 myths of the 4th of July

    1 is not entirely accurate. The Declaration of Independence was voted for on July 2, however, the signed document itself (which is what everyone associates with the Declaration of Independence, not the vote) was not signed until July 3 at the earliest, but perhaps it was on July 4.

    I think 3 is pretty common knowledge.


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    Re: had me going....5 myths of the 4th of July

    Most of the signatures on the Declaration of Independence were signed on August 2nd, 1776.

    The document was announced to the public on July 4th, hence the significance.


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    Re: had me going....5 myths of the 4th of July

    Everybody knows July 4th is when Columbus discovered America.


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    Re: had me going....5 myths of the 4th of July

    Quote Originally Posted by SplitIdentity View Post
    Everybody knows July 4th is when Columbus discovered America.
    No, it's when Randy Quaid sacrificed himself to rid us of our alien overlords.


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