Happy birthday America from B. Chaney Improvements!
The July 4th celebrations of 2020 might be some of the strangest in recent history. The events of the first half of this year have left some people angry toward our nation. Others are emboldened in their love of country. The rest of the people are simply focused of staying healthy, hoping things get better. But there will be celebrations, because this marks the 242nd year of independence from Britain.
We hope and pray these celebrations will cause unity and not division. Our hope is that everyone will focus on the accomplishments and not the mistakes.
We’ve collected some interesting facts about this holiday and our great country. Keep reading to learn more about the United States of America.
Home Improvements After the Independence Day Celebrations
Brad Chaney at B. Chaney Improvements wants to meet with you now to discuss your building or home improvement project. Do you need replacement windows? Want to remodel a kitchen or bathroom? Or maybe you are thinking of something bigger. We build custom homes, major additions and rehab entire homes. Basically, if there is anything you want to build or upgrade, we can help with suggestions, ideas and skilled labor.
If you would like expert building help in the Charleston, SC area, contact us here for questions or to schedule a meeting. You can also call us at 843.388.4334.
How Independence Came to Be
For years, the colonies and England had been at odds when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia. In the June 7, 1776 session in the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution. These are his now-famous words:
“Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”
These words lead to the drafting of a statement presenting to the world the colonies’ case for independence. That lead Thomas Jefferson to draft The Declaration of Independence.
The facts below add the historical mystique of America’s early years.
Interesting Facts About America’s Birthday & Early Years
- The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men, eight of which were British.
- The oldest signer of the document was 70-year-old Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania.
- The first reading of the Declaration of Independence was in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. The public was summoned by the ringing of the Liberty Bell.
- Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on July 4th.
- Adams was the first president to live in the White House, when it opened in 1800.
- Abraham Lincoln is America’s tallest president, at six feet, four inches. James Madison was our shortest president, standing just five feet, four inches.
- The original Capital of the United States was Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Abraham Lincoln is in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
- Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase was the first face on the one dollar bill.
- The Secret Service was created on the day Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. However, it wasn’t the role of the agency to protect the president until 1901. It was created to track down counterfeiters.