As we celebrate the Fourth of July today, here a few fun facts with which you can dazzle friends and family during the fireworks show:
  • Less than half of the residents of the thirteen colonies supported the Revolution. About one third of the remaining supported the British, and the rest were neutral.
  • African Americans served on both sides during the Revolutionary war, but the first man shot in the Boston Massacre was African-American Crispus Attucks.
  • The only person to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th was John Hancock. Most of the other delegates signed it on August 2nd. Hancock’s signed in such large letters his name became a term for “signature.”
The Genealogy Center wishes you a happy and safe Fourth!