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Throwback Thursday | Fourth Of July

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Where you come from, where you call home is a part of who you are. Welcome to the Live Like a Local blog series that explores our roots and hometown in South Orange County.
We welcome you to explore with us, as we take in the vibrant culture, beautiful histories and exquisite homes created in our own backyard. Whether it be San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, or a surrounding coastal community, it is always a great day for Throwback Thursday in Orange County.

Especially when we love the place we call home…

Independence Day is almost here, and like every year families across the U.S.—and those in some countries across the world as well—are preparing to fire up the grill, play picnic games, light up the sky with fireworks and celebrate the holiday.

It’s been 241 years since the founding fathers declared independence from Great Britain and formed a country of 13 colonies in 1776. You know that, of course; but it’s been a while since history class.

9 Things You May Not Know About the Declaration of Independence

Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, celebrates the adoption by the Continental Congress of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. On the 236th birthday of the United States, explore nine surprising facts about one of America’s most important founding documents.

1. The Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on July 4, 1776. On July 1, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, and on the following day 12 of the 13 colonies voted in favor of Richard Henry Lee’s motion for independence.
2. More than one copy exists. On July 5, Dunlap’s copies were dispatched across the 13 colonies to newspapers, local officials and the commanders of the Continental troops.
3. When news of the Declaration of Independence reached New York City, it started a riot. By July 9, 1776, a copy of the Declaration of Independence had reached New York City.
4. Eight of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were born in Britain. While the majority of the members of the Second Continental Congress were native-born Americans, eight of the men voting for independence from Britain were born there.
5. One signer later recanted. Richard Stockton, a lawyer from Princeton, New Jersey, became the only signer of the Declaration of Independence to recant his support of the revolution.
6There was a 44-year age difference between the youngest and oldest signers. The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin, 70 years old when he scrawled his name on the parchment. The youngest was Edward Rutledge, a lawyer from South Carolina who was only 26 at the time.
7. Two additional copies have been found in the last 25 years. In 1989, a Philadelphia man found an original Dunlap Broadside hidden in the back of a picture frame he bought at a flea market for $4.
8. The Declaration of Independence spent World War II in Fort Knox. On December 23, 1941, just over two weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the signed Declaration, together with the Constitution, was removed from public display and prepared for evacuation out of Washington, D.C.
9. There is something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence. There is a message written upside-down across the bottom of the signed document: “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776.”

Orange County Events

San Clemente Fireworks Show
San Clemente Pier
Date: July 4th at 9 pm

San Clemente Office Chair Races
Avenida Rosa
Date: July 4th, all day

San Juan Capistrano 4th of July Celebration
Family Style at the Sports Park
25925 Camino Del Avion
Date: July 4th from 3 pm to 9:30 pm

Dana Point Fireworks Cruise
Dana Wharf Sportfishing
Date: July 4th from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Laguna Niguel Fireworks
Laguna Niguel Regional Parl
28241 La Paz Road
Date: July 4th at 9 pm
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