History of the 4th of July: Crash Course US History Special

In which John Green teaches you a bit about the 4th of July. In this special short Crash Course, John celebrates American Independence Day by teaching you how the holiday came to be on the 4th of July, and the many ways that Americans celebrate the day. This is a little different than the normal Crash Course episode, so be prepared. Also, THERE IS A HOT DOG EATING CONTEST, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TerBQVEBlFE Support CrashCourse on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/crashcourse

Hey teachers and students - Check out CommonLit's free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. FFamous abolitionist and freed slave Frederick Douglass ponders the history of the Fourth of July in the context of ongoing slavery in his famous "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Speech: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/what-to-the-slave-is-the-fourth-of-july

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DAT-GAMER450
DAT-GAMER450:
the funny thing is that my birthday is on July 4th, and for first few years of my life before i knew any better i was always thinking "HOW DOES MY DAD AFFORD ALL THIS?!"
Robrockstar96
Robrockstar96:
walks outside on july 4th. takes breath of air smelling gunpowder and sulfur. "aaaahhh, freedom"
thedudepdx
thedudepdx:
It's not 4th of July unless you cross state lines to get fireworks that are illegal in your state
blahlbinoa
blahlbinoa:
I laughed louder than I should for the Libretage when it said "Seriously a bullet came into my house"
Tom Cummings
Tom Cummings:
"seriously, a bullet came into my house" xD
SomeBritishDude
SomeBritishDude:
We don't have 4th July celebrations in the UK, instead we have Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes Night) on the 5th November, to commemorate the day that Guy Fawkes almost blew up parliament, but the guards stopped him!
nickynak3
nickynak3:
What amuses me is that the nation that loves celebrating Independence Day on 4th July is the same nation that adores the British Royal family. I mean, they get more excited over them than the British do. It just seems somewhat ironic.
Feline Frequency
Feline Frequency:
"actual bullethole in stan's actual window"
i never thought i'd hear a phrase so white
sambowlina
sambowlina:
*Me doing research for my school project*

*John Green rolls in*

Me: Well this is a pleasant surprise!
Alexandra Goetz
Alexandra Goetz:
Madison did not die on July 4, 1831 died on June 28, 1836! It was Monroe who died that day!!!!!!!!
Qtank009
Qtank009:
WHY COULDN'T HE EAT JUST 1 MORE REALLY!!!!!!
Jillian Urbach
Jillian Urbach:
JOHN FIX YOUR SLEEVE!!!! It was bugging me the whole time.
gijijijijijijijijijijji
gijijijijijijijijijijji:
The "heroic anniversary" concept is found in many nations. In my country of Greece for example, our revolution against the Ottoman Empire supposedly started on March 25th 1821, and it is celebrated as a national holiday, yet historical evidence points to the fact that not much happened on that day. A deeper analysis could support that the date of March 25th was picked because it is a big Orthodox Christian holiday, so as to give the revolution a religious "legitimacy"
amanatee27
amanatee27:
"Seriously, a bullet came into my house." Oh Stan, you character you.
PatchesRips
PatchesRips:
3:03 I was waiting for John to say "Many, many individuals across the nation feel the need to blow stuff up... INDEPENDENTLY." :)
brumagemm
brumagemm:
"Seriously a bullet came into my house"

--Stan, via the Libertage
mustang6172
mustang6172:
I don't know why John Adams has a reputation for being a stick in the mud.  He knew how to throw a holiday.
Blue Tree
Blue Tree:
imagine if someone went over to the British and start dumping tea 🍵 on them.
Fungamerplays
Fungamerplays:
"they have all their fingers... and that seems like too many"
xD
Michael S
Michael S:
MURICAAAAAA
Anna Lein
Anna Lein:
That moment when you´re watching this as a German. And you get to know that John Green is more amazing than you thought because he doesn´t just write amazing books but also teaches you something. Thank you :)
rRimi
rRimi:
"Published on Jul 4, 2013"
YAH21
YAH21:
watching this on July 2nd 2019
HorrorMovieReviewGuy
HorrorMovieReviewGuy:
Hi John. Not a ton to say but great channel. Well put together, sparks great idea's to focus on more in depth. You speak well and these get addicting! Cheers!
Ishi 123
Ishi 123:
3:38
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.?!
ClydeLeeM
ClydeLeeM:
I'm preparing a Illumination party on the 2nd now
Alexandria
Alexandria:
Oh, hey! That picture of the Detroit fireworks was taken from Windsor! Riverside Drive, in fact. Go Lancers!
Memetic Proportions
Memetic Proportions:
July 2nd 2019, anybody?
Jillian Salvitti
Jillian Salvitti:
You should do a "history behind valentine's day" video. No one knows much about it
Israel Aguilar Lua
Israel Aguilar Lua:
History - the study of past events, particularly in human affairs; antiquity.
sforzie
sforzie:
This episode was beautiful. *blows some stuff up in the parking lot*
Richard Fudge
Richard Fudge:
The hot dog fireworks at the end! Thank you, Thought Cafe. It made my day.
Disney Vacation Help
Disney Vacation Help:
Actually, EPCOT has a show called "Illuminations" that includes fireworks!
Joshua Herbison
Joshua Herbison:
4:56 John, have you been hanging out with Hannah Hart?
securitygirl1982
securitygirl1982:
Thank you for this light hearted episode (since we are in the middle of big downers lately, as they should be). It helped bring light to my otherwise awful day :)
Best Wishes and DFTBA!
Joey Migliaccio
Joey Migliaccio:
It’s also a day where Aliens come and blow our stuff up
lkjsdf1
lkjsdf1:
And Chestnut beat his record by one hot dog!, though I was rooting for Megatoad .
Hayley Barrickman
Hayley Barrickman:
When my dad hears fireworks he turns to us and says "Do you think they know that it's [date] and not July 4th?"
Joseph Curran
Joseph Curran:
Well, we've got a new HDB record! 69!! U-S-A!! U-S-A!
Soldierand BrainMaggot
Soldierand BrainMaggot:
i have john's chair :3
Jabukspora
Jabukspora:
This intro gives me eargasms
Toastergod44
Toastergod44:
We need more bonfires :(
Willard McMorris
Willard McMorris:
Young man, i hear your pain, at 60 I look back at my choices, and direction! I hope you find One Cause or Mission! I hope you can get people excited about Science! Though I feel you will go for the Politics! People are ______! My Best to you!
Jacob Golden
Jacob Golden:
Hmm, I'm curious where I found that number too. You're right about the census bureau figure reporting 84%. I honestly can't find where I got 92%.
Perhaps I confused half of the remaining 16% for the 8%... That's entirely possible. That sounds more plausible as well.
In any case, my position is unchanged.
port2483
port2483:
You beat me to it. I even replayed to see whose picture they had shown. It was Madison.
helixivy
helixivy:
"The evils of collectivism".

Oh, you mean like free health care for everyone, longer life expectancy and the at least vague hope of being represented in your parliament?

(And being spied on by your government, instead of your government PLUS hundreds of private corporations who have only their private interests in mind.)
TheHKY09
TheHKY09:
inb4 "commie"
Jacob Golden
Jacob Golden:
I'll just point out that you never actually answered my question.
Also, I feel as if I need to point out that government action (laws) are not the only way to change behaviours of individuals. There are much more effective ways than through government action.
Mike Bobman
Mike Bobman:
Well i can only find evidence of financial help from Spain : /
Lord Metroid
Lord Metroid:
Perfection is the enemy of productivity.
Samantha Liboy
Samantha Liboy:
thanks for "The Fault In Our Stars"
Yasmin Thomas
Yasmin Thomas:
Yeah, I mean, it was pretty free for it's time, and it's free enough for it's time now, but other countries are evolving faster now.
EyeLean5280
EyeLean5280:
Sour grapes, my friend. Sour grapes :P
Floatz
Floatz:
It was signed on August 2nd, MY BIRTHDAY IS THE REAL INDEPENDENCE DAY
Artemis
Artemis:
Yea, when you ask so nicely how can I refuse :)
Mike Bobman
Mike Bobman:
Finally an intelligent man!!!
Daniel Chiverton
Daniel Chiverton:
From what I can see, from my position in Southern England, the citizens of this country tend to like America more when a Democrat is in office, but that's just what I've seen.
Noelle Corbett
Noelle Corbett:
Despite this one minor error, I do love Crash Course and John Green and everyone involved =) Keep up the fantastic work!
Ari Benchimol
Ari Benchimol:
Hey, thanks so much for an amazing show. 
lynitadalitso5
lynitadalitso5:
It makes you good at travel. When in Rome...!
TheHKY09
TheHKY09:
It was implied by the topic. <3
yes
yes:
Didn't James MONROE die in 1831?
Marcus Bierman
Marcus Bierman:
Asperger's, I fixed it now.
Jacob Golden
Jacob Golden:
Thank you, sir. Happy America Day (as one of my friends calls it). Hope you had a good one.
mjw 379
mjw 379:
I mean the formation of the Kingdom that continued in some form or another until even the modern day.

I acknowledged the slavery is as old as civilization itself in my comment(if not older).
Cudgeon
Cudgeon:
Well said ^^
But what do you expect, the US is pretty much a country were everyone has to be a patriot, or at least that's the impression I got from the US media.
thevioletskull
thevioletskull:
Watching this 5 years later.
Czar Alexei Sepe
Czar Alexei Sepe:
woah wait a second, Monroe died on the Fourth of July!
TheHKY09
TheHKY09:
Can you put a bit more detail than just "emphatically disagree"?
Kay thanks. <3
ClaireShutters
ClaireShutters:
I feel like I'm going to cry because I am pretty sure I got my fireworks from the same place as him.
Aaron Misner
Aaron Misner:
I look forward to the return of those days then. :)
Scarletcrusader77
Scarletcrusader77:
*tearing up* Thank you....son.
Courtney Marren
Courtney Marren:
The hot dog eating contest was like 10 mins from me!!! The only thing we are on tv for lol
Bram Claes
Bram Claes:
No I read it in an article from Norman Davies when I was studying for an exam (I study history)
There is a lot of debate as to why Hitler lost to the Soviet Union, nobody has a definite answer, including you
Angela Maus
Angela Maus:
I shook my head at the amount of people who stated "Happy 2013th Birthday, America" on FB. It worries me...a lot...
africanarama
africanarama:
well, who am I to crush ones hobby - have fun :)
Liam
Liam:
The bit at the end was beautiful
Kevin John
Kevin John:
Literally everything is far from perfect
TheHKY09
TheHKY09:
I think I can understand now...
The more you know! =)
Zeekaer
Zeekaer:
That green bracelet! I own it!
Omer Aricha
Omer Aricha:
thats exactly what we do in israel.....
Demagogue
Demagogue:
Sure, we picked up some nice real estate with that.
Larissa Ford
Larissa Ford:
What- Wow!! did you notice the fireworks at the end were made of hotdogs?! epic.
 
Hannah M
Hannah M:
BOOP! :D
Comrade
Comrade:
Nonetheless, my argument stands.
Brent O'Dell
Brent O'Dell:
Yes, he did!!! :)
Mike Bobman
Mike Bobman:
In my opnion it was just that they wanted do govern themselves so they fought.
Albert Grandif
Albert Grandif:
QNarf, look it up on YouTube for a laugh or three!!! :-€ Cool mustache guy wants you to!
BrainDoc
BrainDoc:
I like how we celebrate it on the 4th instead of the right f
Madeline Fields Halva
Madeline Fields Halva:
It's 72 hot dogs now....
Nova Star Guild
Nova Star Guild:
I feel sorry for Stan.
Wings_Kings3532
Wings_Kings3532:
We love things that go boom.
Aeghamedic
Aeghamedic:
"Everyone's an idiot except for me!"
Marcus Bierman
Marcus Bierman:
That's what I thought. O.K., thanks!
Jacob Golden
Jacob Golden:
I'll do my best for you, dad.
Mike Bobman
Mike Bobman:
Keep telling myself the logical and most resonable conclusion okay.
David Needham
David Needham:
+1 for the exploding fireworks made of hotdogs at the end!
David Schumacher
David Schumacher:
Welcome to youtube.
hiskey623
hiskey623:
WHOA youre going to far
Jesse Pollock
Jesse Pollock:
Well, today I learned that John says Tinnitus funny