Patriotically Offers a Little Post-Independence Day Trivia

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According to the article, ‘4th of July Facts And Trivia: Everything You Need To Know About Independence Day 2013’, published by International Business Times on 7/4/2013, and courtesy of, there are many surprises to discover about celebrating America’s freedom from Great Britain. Finance Marlin offers some little-known facts about Independence Day.

Long after the indigestion from the Fourth of July barbeque subsides, the questions still remain; when did Americans actually declare independence? Where did the hamburger come from? Is the hot dog really an All-American food? In light of our country's birthday, the Editor of answers these and more need-to-know questions addressed by the International Business Times.

Is the Fourth of July really Independence Day? Well, technically, no. The First Continental Congress voted for independence on July 2, 1776, however, the news of the vote was published on July 4, 1776.

Please tell me hot dogs are American!? The truth is, no one really knows. Rumor has it a vendor in New Jersey nick named his meat item a “hot dog” and the name stuck. The hamburger is American, though it’s exact origin is unclear – could have been in Wisconsin or Connecticut.

How many Presidents have died on July 4th? Actually, three of America’s first five presidents died on July 4th. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, just hours apart from each other. John Monroe died July 4, 1831.

Was the Declaration of Independence fully executed on July 4, 1776? Nope. Actually, John Hancock was the first and only signer on July 4th. It took more than a month to get the other 56 delegates to sign.

What else happened on the 4th? On July 4, 1776, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams were selected (by Congress) to design the Great Seal of the United States. Benjamin Franklin was also the person who designed/invented the first of many American life insurance companies which was known as ‘The Corporation for the Relief of Poor and Distressed Presbyterian Ministers and of the Poor and Distressed Widows and Children of Presbyterian Ministers.’

About Finance Marlin: takes a tongue-in-cheek view at Independence Day facts and offers a little Post Fourth of July trivia.

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