Learn a little bit more about why the USA celebrates its independence each 4th of July.
1) Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the US, but he was just a representative from Virginia to the Second Continental Congress when he wrote the Declaration of Independence, an important document that said the US was no longer a colony of Great Britain. It was signed on July 4th, 1776.
2) John Adams, the 2nd President of the US, and Thomas Jefferson both died on the same day. Can you guess what date it was? July 4, 1826. 50 years to the day that they signed the Declaration of Independence.
3) It wasn't until 1938 that the US Congress made Independence Day a paid national holiday for all federal employees.
4) Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest has taken place every fourth of July since 1916 in Coney Island, New York.
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