“The fourth of July is the date
But we celebrate it two days late” – #YourPianoMan Randy Keith
While we celebrate Independence day on the 4th of July, this is actually an inaccurate celebration! The Second Continental Congress voted for a Declaration of Independence on July 2nd, and the written document wasn’t edited and approved until the 4th of July. It actually wasn’t signed until August 2nd, beginning with John Hancock’s famous “scribble,” and wasn’t completed until November.
Another interesting July 4th celebration “musical” fact – Fourth of July celebrations, particularly fireworks displays, are musically accompanied by the 1812 Overture. Commonly associated with the War of 1812, this composition was actually authored by Tchaikovsky to commemorate Russia’s defense against Napoleon.
Check out more “Debunked myths” about July 4th HERE.