Independence Day Fun Facts: Happy 4th of July!

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Fourth of July is a day that Americans typically spend with family and friends and is traditionally celebrated with barbeques, baseball games, and firework displays. Most of us recognize the historical significance behind Independence Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence signifying our independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776. However, there are quite a few more discussion-worthy fun facts about the holiday that are lesser known.

Independence Day Fun Facts

The legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776 but revisions to the declaration statement (Declaration of Independence) weren’t finalized until July 4th, two days later.

The Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson and was signed by 56 men representing 13 colonies.

John Hancock was the only person to actually sign the Declaration on July 4, 1776. Everyone else signed later (some as late as 1786).

Three US Presidents have died on Independence Day; John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. Adams and Jefferson (who both signed the Declaration of Independence), died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826.

Benjamin Franklin originally wanted the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who both wanted the bald eagle.

In 1777, fireworks were officially approved by Congress to celebrate Independence Day.

Americans began observing the Fourth of July as early as 1777, but it wasn’t until 1870 (almost 100 years later), that the 4th of July was considered a national holiday.

In 1938, 4th of July was officially declared a paid holiday (Hooray!).

The Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. Instead, every year on the 4th of July at 2 pm Eastern, the bell is tapped 13 times in honor of the patriots from the original 13 states.

Approximately 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on July 4th.

On July 4, 1776 there were approximately 2.5 million people living in the newly independent nation. On July 4, 2014, the population of the US will be at approximately 318.5 million.

July 4, 2014 will be America’s 238th Independence Day.

On July 4, 1996 this epic speech was given by President Thomas J. Whitmore at Area 51 in Nevada

(Ok, so maybe this didn’t really happen, but we like to pretend that it did! Smile)


Famous 4th of July Birthdays!

Famous people who share their birthday with the Unites States of America include:

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the US; Rube Goldberg, Pulitzer Prize Winning Cartoonist; Gloria Stuart, Actress; Eva Marie Saint, Actress ; Al Davis, Oakland Raiders owner; George Steinbrenner, NY Yankees owner ; Neil Simon, Playwright; Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby), Advice columnists; Bill Withers, Singer; Geraldo Rivera, TV personality; and Malia Obama, current first daughter of the United States.

Sources: Huffington Post, Wikipedia, CNN, US Census, HistoryOrb

Happy Birthday, America - from Allied American University!

Before our staff here at AAU enjoys the day off along with the rest of the country, we’d like to share some of our thoughts on Independence Day and what the holiday means to us.

“My parents came to the United States from Honduras, so as a first-generation American, I have a special appreciation for Independence Day. It makes me grateful to think about the sacrifices made by generations of men and women that have allowed us to be free!” –Galel Fajardo, Director of Marketing

“The 4th of July makes me think of family, food and overall fun. It’s about slowing down for a day and just focusing on the here and now – laughing with family, eating good food and being grateful that we have the freedom to just be”.
Heather Brunson, Marketing Manager

Independence Day means…

Family, Watermelon and Fireworks

Cattle and Farmers in pickup trucks

Parades filled with princesses, scouts and batons

Plastic chairs filling up neighborhood lawns

Waving our flag… red, white and blue

Seeing our heroes march by and salute

Teaching our children to have pride in our land

It can’t be denied, the United States is grand
Darleen Gold, Military Outreach Administrative Assistant/Travel Coordinator

                “Our independence day means so much more to me than barbeque and fireworks—not that those are not good 4th of July activities.  Let me explain…I come from a country where you have no freedom of speech; where human rights are trampled on; and where the wonderful booming sounds of fireworks is replaced with the shocking sounds of grenades and shell fire.  I have experienced this first hand as a child of a war torn country. My very own cousin was abducted from high school because he expressed his opinion of the government.  We never saw him come home.  And as a woman from Afghanistan, I am especially grateful to this country and the freedoms I am afforded.  I feel safe, secure, and blessed with opportunity to have a happy and successful life. “–Raz Ghafoori, Admissions Rep


“Independence Day means celebrating freedom, unity, and AMERICA!!!” Krista Karpan, Registration Representative


            “Fourth of July is by far my all-time favorite holiday.  I love hanging out with my family and friends outside in the sun at either a pool party or at the beach, eating bar-b-q and watching a fantastic fireworks show at the end of the day.  I feel very fortunate to call myself an American and the 4th of July is the day I get to sit back and appreciate all the opportunity and freedoms we have in this country.”
–Lindsay Oglesby, Chief Enrollment Management Officer


“Independence Day means spending time with friends and family members and ending the day with fireworks!” –Cynthia Cervantes, Registration Representative

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A Special Thank You to Our Service Men and Women

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Armed Forces Week is a time to pay tribute to the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces. From all of us here at AAU, we extend our sincerest THANKS to the outstanding individuals who tirelessly dedicate their lives to protect this great nation. You are true HEROES and because of your sacrifice, we are able to enjoy many freedoms that most of us take for granted.


During this week, we encourage you to join us and express your gratitude to a military hero. Whether you have a family member or friend who has served or is currently serving our country, or you encounter someone at the grocery store, local coffee shop or airport, give them a handshake and say “thank you”. Even the smallest gesture can go a long way.

 We also invite you to leave a message of thanks on our Facebook page at


 To all of the service men and women, please enjoy these additional messages written to you from some of our staff here at Allied American University. Once again, our heartfelt thanks goes out to YOU!



Thank you all military services…your duty, honor, and bravery is unmatched anywhere in this world. The freedom we have isn't free. We appreciate the sacrifices you have made for us in keeping America free.  Charli Hislop, Ph.D., President/CEO 

Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made not only for our country but in your own lives. Making the decision to join the military and serve your country is one of the most selfless things you will ever do.  A big thank you also to the spouses and family members who support you at home.  I know we don’t say it enough, but thank you! – Lindsay Oglesby, Chief Enrollment Management Officer 

To all of our U.S. military service members, I give my heartfelt thanks for your service. Your bravery and commitment to our great country make you the ultimate heroes and role models. If everyone strived to be as selfless and honorable as you, our potential would be unlimited. Thank you so much for your sacrifices and dedication. You inspire me each and every day!  Heather Brunson, Marketing Manager  

Thank you for everything that you are doing for our country and the bravery that you show to ensure our safety. It has been such a reward and pleasure to serve our military through Education. I have learned so much and gained so much more respect for our military members and their families through my experience helping them achieve their goals. – Mark Calvo, Director of Admissions 

What you do isn't easy and it is too often overlooked. Thank you for your courage, for your sacrifice, and for your passion in protecting our great nation. Turell Danson, Admissions Representative 

I would like to say a BIG “Thank you” to all those who have served and continue to serve our country! Our country is blessed to have individuals who dedicate their lives and well being to keep our citizens safe. Your sacrifices are greatly appreciated!!  Adam Hayden, Admissions Manager 

To all those serving or have served, the appreciation for what you do is beyond simple words… just know that you are always remembered and acknowledged. Thank you!  Brian Uy, Admissions Manager 

Words cannot begin to express my gratitude for everything you have done for our country!  To all our brave men and women who risked their lives for our freedom, THANK YOU! Heidi Vitug, Senior Admissions Representative

Thank you to all our Men, Women and Veterans who have served our Country! We appreciate all your dedication and sacrifice in defending our freedom! 

 Ryan Hawkins, Director of Registration 

I am very thankful for the thousands of men and women who put their lives on the line everyday for the safety of our country. Melisse Helms, Registration Representative

Words can’t thank you enough for your service and what you do every day for this country.  I truly appreciate you and know that Allied and myself are very thankful. Thank you to the military spouses as well who are also a huge support. – Brandy Smith, Registration Representative

Thank you for your service! I am grateful for the daily sacrifices you make for our country. Thank you! Lauren Kephart, Registration Representative 

couldn't possibly comprehend what you have to endure or go through in your duties to serve our country. Thank you for putting your life on the line and for choosing to serve. – Shirley Wu, Registration Representative

Walking on the beach, attending a church of our choosing, or sending our children to school are freedoms we enjoy because of the men and women of our Armed Forces. On this upcoming Armed Forces Day, we would like to take this opportunity to thank EACH and EVERY ONE of you who serve our country.  The United States of America is what we are because of you!   

thank you to my son, Jeffrey M. Benjamin serving in the Army/Anchorage, AK – Proud Army Mom!!!  Your AAU Career Services Team



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Navy and Marine Corps Tuition Assistance to Stay at 100%

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Allied American University has great news for members of the Navy and Marine Corps! It was confirmed by the office of United States Senator Kay Hagan, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, that Navy and Marine Corps leaders have made a change on proposals submitted earlier this month regarding the funding of the Tuition Assistance (TA) program. On Thursday, at an Armed Services Committee hearing, General James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and Admiral Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, said the Marine Corps and Navy, would fund TA at 100 percent.
“We’re delighted that we can continue to offer men and women of these two branches the opportunity to earn their college diplomas from an accredited institution like ours. At Allied American University we pride ourselves with being a military-focused university, and are excited to continue to help members of the Navy and Marine Corps move towards graduation. Our goal is that AAU can play a role in helping our military students graduate, get their next promotion, and successfully transition out into the civilian world with employment.” said Lindsay Oglesby, Chief Enrollment Management Officer for Allied American University.
The plan brought forth from proposed budgets on March 4th was to cut TA for both the Navy and Marines by passing 25% of costs to the servicemembers. This would have shifted a big portion of the financial burden back onto the members of both branches, an idea that received immediate resistance from many U.S. Senators.
This is great news for AAU’s current students who are members of the Navy and Marine Corps… Your benefits will be staying the same, allowing you the opportunity to continue to work towards your certificate and degree programs without interruption!  
Are you a prospective student of Allied American University? Don’t miss out on the opportunity on benefits that are rightfully YOURS! Enroll today and utilize your benefits while they are still available to you. TA funding changes have been proposed in the last two budgets, so changes could still happen... Get as much of your education paid for while you can.  You have earned this benefit, use it!  The possibility of only 75% coverage is not happening today, thanks to this announcement - but it could happen at any time so don’t wait!
Admiral Greenert was quoted saying that funding Tuition Assistance “is a great return on investment.” Think about all that a certificate or degree can do for your current military career, as well as the doors that it can open if you decide to return to civilian life… A military promotion often comes with an increase in pay. This news potentially means more money to your bank account, courtesy of the Navy and Marine Corps. So what is holding you back?  The sooner you get started, the sooner you can graduate and move up in rank!
For more information on what Allied American University can provide for you, contact us IMMEDIATELY by clicking HERE.  
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