Happy Independence Day! As we spend time with friends and family celebrating our nation, I thought I would share just a few fun facts surrounding July 4th:
- The Declaration of Independence wasn’t actually signed on July 4th. In fact, July 4th is only the date on the document. It was voted on by the Continental Congress on July 2nd, and then most of men who signed the document didn’t do so until August or later.
- One president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4th. Three presidents – John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe – died on July 4th.
- July 4th became a federal holiday on July 4, 1870. Fireworks have been a part of the celebration ever since.
- Americans consume around 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July each year. They also spend $92 million on chips, $167.5 million on watermelon, and $341.4 million on beer.
- In 1979 Seward, Nebraska was designated “America’s Official Fourth of July City-Small Town USA” by resolution of Congress. This small town’s celebrations attract tens of thousands of tourists each year.
- The Liberty Bell hasn’t been rung since 1846, due to concerns about widening the crack in the bell. However, the Liberty Bell is tapped 13 times each July 4th at 2pm Eastern time by descendants of the original Declaration signers to honor those who fought for our independence.
- If it were up to Benjamin Franklin, our national bird would be a turkey instead of the bald eagle. He was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
- The oldest continuous 4th of July celebration is in Bristol, Rhode Island. Their Independence Day parade began in 1785.
- The song, “Yankee Doodle” wasn’t especially patriotic. At the time, it was sung by the British as a mockery of the disorganization of the colonists as they fought side by side in the French and Indian War.
- Each year, over $1 billion is spent on fireworks for the 4th of July celebrations.
We wish you all a safe, fun and wonderful July 4th holiday.
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