Miskelly Furniture thought it would be fun to give you a few little-known facts about America’s celebration of independence. Check out these 4 interesting facts about the Fourth of July!
1. The 15 Stripe Flag – The American flag once had two additional stripes. When Kentucky and Vermont were added to the Union, a resolution adopted in 1794 expanded the flag to 15 stars and 15 stripes. Realizing the flag might look off balance with a stripe for each new state, it was suggested the flag have 13 stripes for the 13 colonies and that a star be added to the flag’s blue area for each new state. That proposal became a law in 1818, and ever since then the American flag carries 13 red and white stripes.
2. Delayed Celebrations – Although the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, Fourth of July celebrations didn’t become tradition until after the War of 1812.
3. The Flag’s Legend – Seamstress Betsy Ross is credited with designing the Stars and Stripes, but historians have found no evidence to back up this claim. Ross did make flags for Pennsylvania state ships, but there is no record of her meeting with George Washington or other leaders to design a flag. In fact, the legend of Ross’ involvement wasn’t even born until 94 years after the fact: In 1870, one of Betsy’s grandsons told the story to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the story of a hard-working seamstress designing the much-loved flag was too much to resist.
4. Star Spangled Banner – The “Star Spangled Banner” wasn’t written until Francis Scott Key wrote a poem stemming from observations in 1814, when the British attacked Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. It was later put to music which would become the official national anthem of the United States.
Whether you learned something or not today, Miskelly Furniture wishes everyone a Happy Fourth of July!