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11) What year were fireworks first used in an official Fourth of July celebration?

Congress authorized using fireworks to help mark the first anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The celebration, which took place in Philadelphia, also included bonfires and bells.

12) Which two U.S. Presidents died on July 4 in the same year?

Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence to later serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.

13) Which U.S. President was born on the Fourth of July?

Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872.

14) What day was the Fourth of July celebrated in 1779?

In 1779, the 4th of July fell on a Sunday, so the celebrations were held on Monday, July 5.

15) Which U.S. President signed the bill that made "The Star Spangled Banner" the national anthem?

"The Star-Spangled Banner" was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 and signed by President Herbert Hoover.

16) What year did the 4th of July become a paid federal holiday?

On July 4, 1938, the United States Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday. It had previously been established as an unpaid federal holiday in 1870.

17) What happened on July 4, 1960?

18) What institution first opened its doors on July 4, 1802?

The United States Military Academy, also known as West Point, officially commenced operations on 4 July 1802.