Thomas Jefferson was not happy about some of the edits made to his draft. Here's what didn't make the final cut.
One Founding Father thought we were celebrating on the wrong day, but that hasn’t stopped Americans from pulling out all the stops on July 4.
The celebration of American Independence Day has never been small, subdued, or quiet. Here’s why the Fourth of July is illuminated with colorful displays in major cities, small towns, and backyards.
The chemistry behind the vibrant colors of fireworks is another reason to “ooh” and “aah” at the sky this Fourth of July.
Mary Katharine Goddard was one of America’s first publishers, and she was tasked with printing and delivering the Declaration of Independence to the 13 colonies.
Discover eight of the best Fourth of July sales to shop this weekend from retailers like Anthropologie, Leesa, and Solo Stove.
The colored smoke of daytime fireworks creates what The Slow Mo Guys describe as a “rainbow volcano.”
Fourth of July fireworks and parties can be distressing for dogs—and their pet parents. Here are tips that can help.
If you need to pick up some last-minute grilling supplies on July 4th, these major grocery and retail stores will be open.
We've covered a lot of the best foods, destinations, and bookstores in all 50 states here at Mental Floss. Now, it's our capital city's turn.
Tom Cruise earned his first Best Actor Oscar nomination for Oliver Stone's star-spangled Vietnam War flick, but the role of Ron Kovic was supposed to be Al Pacino's.
If you're traveling from a major city for the Fourth of July, avoid leaving the house during one of these heavy-traffic windows flagged by AAA.
July 4th is a day when the sentiment "proud to be an American" is openly proclaimed countrywide. But where do people most display their patriotism the other 364 days of the year?
The Fourth of July can bring out the worst in people when it comes to mishandling fireworks. An educational video demonstrates their effect on mannequins.
Looking to take an Independence Day road trip? Why not head to one of these cities, where fireworks and festivities rule on the Fourth of July.
Nathan's hot dogs are as American as, well, Nathan's hot dog eating contest.
Enjoy the festivities of the Fourth wherever you live.
You've probably wondered what's really inside a hot dog before. We have the answer—though we don't recommend reading it before your next cook-out.
Most of us just know to light the fuse and stand back.