07/18/2024
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by Kayla Bell

The 4th of July is a day synonymous with fireworks, parades, and backyard barbecues. But beyond the festivities, there’s a treasure trove of interesting tidbits waiting to be discovered about America’s Independence Day. So, dust off your picnic blanket and fire up the grill, because we’re about to dive into 10 fun facts that will add a touch of trivia to your Independence Day celebrations!

Not Quite July 4th: Believe it or not, the Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on July 4th, 1776. While it was formally adopted by the Second Continental Congress on that day, most of the signatories didn’t put pen to paper until August.

Hot Dog Holiday:
 America’s love affair with hot dogs reaches its peak on Independence Day. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, an estimated 150 million hot dogs are consumed across the country on July 4th. That’s enough hot dogs to stretch from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles over five times!

Presidential Farewells:
 Three former US presidents passed away on July 4th: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson in 1826, and James Monroe in 1831. Spooky coincidence or a remarkable historical footnote? You decide!

Declaration Doppelgängers:
 There are an estimated 200 original copies of the Declaration of Independence printed shortly after its adoption. These priceless documents are scattered across libraries, archives, and historical societies around the country.

Flag Faux Pas:
 While it’s a common sight at parades and sporting events, technically, wearing the American flag as clothing is a violation of the U.S. Flag Code. The code encourages respectful treatment of the flag and discourages its use for clothing or bedding.

A Bell Tolls for Freedom:
 Every July 4th, descendants of the Declaration of Independence signers gather at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. They tap the bell 13 times, once for each of the original colonies.

Fireworks Frenzy: 
The tradition of fireworks displays on the 4th of July can be traced back to 1777. The first official celebration included a fireworks display over Boston Harbor to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Double Shot of Rum: 
During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington reportedly issued a celebratory double ration of rum to his soldiers on July 4th, 1778.

A Presidential Birthday: 
Calvin Coolidge holds the unique distinction of being the only US president born on Independence Day – July 4th, 1872.

More Than Just Barbecues:
 The 4th of July is a federal holiday, but Independence Day celebrations extend beyond the United States. Countries like the Philippines, Liberia, and the Marshall Islands also celebrate their independence days around July 4th.

So there you have it! From presidential birthdays to hot dog statistics, these fun facts are sure to spark conversations and add a touch of trivia to your July 4th festivities. Now, grab a slice of pie, light up a sparkler (safely, of course!), and celebrate America’s independence with newfound knowledge!

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