1) John Hancock was the only person to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Most of the 56 men who signed did so Aug. 2. The youngest man to sign was Edward Rutledge, who was 26. The oldest was Benjamin Franklin, who was 70. Also, two future presidents signed: John Adams, the nation's second president, and Thomas Jefferson, the third president.
2) There were two Boston tea parties. You probably know about the one that occurred Dec. 16, 1773, but did you know about the repeat performance March 7, 1774? The two tea parties cost the British the equivalent of $3 million in today's currency.
3) Did you know that there were women in the Continental Army? Among them was Mary Ludwig Hays, who replaced her husband after he was wounded at the Battle of Monmouth in 1778, and Margaret Corbin, who was wounded -- and her husband killed -- at the Battle of Harlem Heights in 1776.
4) An estimated 2.5 million people lived in America in July 1776. Today, an estimated 309 million people call this nation home.