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(4 July 2017)
On the 237th anniversary of our independence from Great Britain, here are some fun facts about the Fourth of July to share with your friends and family:
President of the Second Continental Congress, was the first signer. This merchant by trade did so in an entirely blank space making it the largest and most famous signature — hence the term John Hancock, which is still used today as a synonym for signature.
A Truly Young Nation
The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45.
The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) of South Carolina. The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin (70) of Pennsylvania. The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.
An Act of Treason
After signing the Declaration, John Hancock remarked that Congress must now “all hang together”.
Benjamin Franklin replied, “Yes, we must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
Enjoy Your Day Off Without Pay
Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870.
(In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday)
Our Nation Has Grown
There were an estimated 2.5 million people living in the newly independent nation in 1776.
Total U.S. population in 2014 was over 318 million.
The Liberty Bell Tap
Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.
Local 4th of July Events:
Empire State Plaza Fireworks July 4th
Fireworks in the Saratoga Springs Area Fire Works
July 4th Celebration at Clifton Park Commons
DEOCS Training Slides
NY National Guard Complaint Activity:
New York is proud to post the record of its compliance with the “Notification and Federal Employment Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act” (No FEAR Act):