Most Americans live with the pride that they know a lot about their country and its history. They would tell you how the United States has been around since 1776 or that George Washington was their first president. But these facts are known by non-Americans as well. If you look beyond the history textbooks, you’ll learn that they didn’t really tell you about everything. The United States has many interesting facts that even the average American probably doesn’t know about. So, buckle up and find out some fascinating tidbits about the United States of America.
A lot of you might think that English is the official language of the US. Well, you’re partially right but not entirely correct. Technically, English is the most commonly spoken language in the US but not the official. In fact, there is no official language. The US is a country with the most diverse population in terms of ethnicity. When in the US, you’ll come across people that speak many different languages in various dialects. Having one official language is just not possible.
Who isn’t familiar with the very famous red, white and blue flag? The meaning associated with the 50 stars and stripes is also commonly known by people living in or out of the US. What people don’t know about is who actually created the flag. This might come as a shocker to you, but the latest version of the flag that we see today was designed by a 17-year-old boy, Robert G. Heft, for a class project. How patriotic must that kid be?
This one might be a pretty interesting fact for all Americans. The actual date that Congress voted on to free the US from British rule wasn’t the 4th of July- it was actually the 2nd. Americans celebrate Independence Day two days later because it was the fourth when John Hancock put the first signature on the Declaration of Independence. This signature, followed by fifty-six others, was written to spread the word of independence from the British. Now that you know buy an extra set of fireworks to spark the sky on the 2nd of July.