1) Jefferson’s original draft of the declaration of independence was lost and the one eventually signed is the “engrossed” document

2) According to author Kenneth C. Davis, July 2nd is the real day of Independence, but it’s celebrated on the fourth because that’s when congress accepted Jefferson’s declaration

3)Only two men signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776 — John Hancock and Charles Thompson

4) Congress declared July 4th as an official holiday in 1870 as part of a bill to officially recognize other holidays, Christmas being one of them

5)”Yankee Doodle,” a popular American patriotic song, was originally sung prior to the Revolution by British military officers in mockery of the unorganized and buckskin-wearing “Yankees”