July 4th marks the day the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress in 1776, turning the newly freed 13 colonies into a sovereign nation. Check out a few cool Independence Day facts below:
1. Former presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826.
2. An estimate of 2.5 million people were living in the nation in July 1776, whereas 313.9 million are estimated today.
3. Five places in the country have “America” in their names. The most populous is American Fork, Utah, with 26,263 people.
4. The Liberty Bell sounded from Independence Hall in 1776 to call citizens to gather for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.