4th of July is one of the kids’ favorite holidays. Food and fireworks? Yes, please! But there is so much history behind this holiday, so we decided to make printable 4th of July facts and history coloring pages.
Let’s learning fun for kids of all ages, whether at home or in class, with these 4th of July history facts coloring sheets!
4th of July Facts and History For Kids
Learning about American history – specifically about Independence Day – doesn’t have to be boring! At least, not when 4th of July coloring pages with facts are involved…
Print these facts about 4th of July and give them to your students or kids at home, and get ready for some learning fun.
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This coloring page is sized for standard letter printer paper dimensions – 8.5 x 11 inches.
10 Facts about 4th of July
- The Declaration of Independence was not completely signed on July 4, 1776. It wasn’t fully signed by most signatories until August.
- It wasn’t until 1870, nearly 100 years after the Independence, that the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday.
- After the Declaration was written and signed, printer John Dunlap was asked to make 200 copies to be distributed throughout the colonies and nowadays are called “Dunlap Broadsides”, which are extremely rare and valuable.
- The original draft can be found in the Library of Congress, with changes made by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, and notes of Congress.
- Thomas Jefferson wasn’t the only “author”; he was a member of a five-person committee appointed by the Continental Congress. The committee included Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman.
- John Adams believed that American Independence should be celebrated on July 2, the actual day the Continental Congress voted for independence.
- Because of that, John Adams turned down invitations to July 4 celebrations.
- Every July 4, descendants of the signers of the Declaration of Independence tap the Liberty Bell 13 times in honor of the original 13 colonies.
- The thirteen colonies consisted of Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
- There were around 2.5 million people living in the U.S. when independence was declared in 1776. Today there are over 300 million people in the country.
Our 4th of July facts and history printables are perfect for home, classroom, or virtual learning environment any time of the year.
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What was your favorite 4th of July historical fact?