It's only been recognized as an official holiday since 1870.
The Declaration of Independence has been the inspiration for other countries' push for freedom. South Africa, France and Greece are just a few of the countries which took their cue from the Declaration of Independence.
The approval to declare independence actually happened on July 2, 1776, but it wasn't until revisions to the original document were made on July 4, 1776 that it was deemed official.
However, John Adams held true to the date and refused to celebrate Independence Day on any date other than July 2nd.
You can still view the original Declaration of Independence at the National Archives in Washington D.C.
The sentence which begins, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." is actually the second sentence of the Declaration. Yet it is the most well-known part of the document.
More hot dogs are consumed on this day of the year than any other in the United States.
The Liberty Bell is known for its famous crack. Yet, because of its fragility, the last time anyone heard it ring was in 1846.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were at opposing ends for the real date of independence (July 4 and July 2 respectively), but they both died on July 4 which secured the day as even more important for US citizens.
The White House didn't officially celebrate the Fourth of July until 1804.
It may only be us, but these facts make us appreciate the day that much more. Yes, we will be spending it with our family and friends, but it will not be lost on us the gift these men gave us to acknowledge our rights as Americans. Sometimes all you have to do is dig a little deeper to have a newfound appreciation for an old tradition. Happy Fourth!