10 Fun and Interesting Facts about the 4th of July

4 Jul

The 4th of July undoubtedly celebrates the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and our Nation’s freedom, but it is also a time of fireworks, family gatherings and fun.  Below are 10 fun facts about this wonderful American holiday!

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  1. The 4th of July became a national holiday in 1941.
  2. Over 150 million hot dogs are consumed in the U.S. every 4th of July.
  3. The stars on the original American flag were positioned in a circle so they would appear equal.
  4. There are 31 towns in the U.S. with the word “Liberty” in their name
  5. Thomas Jefferson & John Adams both died on July 4th, 1826.  50 years from the anniversary of the declaration.
  6. 50 American flags are flown 24 hours a day at the Washington Monument.
  7. Only John Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  All other signatures came later.
  8. The NYC Macy’s July 4th parade will feature 1800 shells a minute during its 25 min.  Firework show making it the largest fireworks display by a city.
  9. Benjamin Franklin wanted the wild turkey to be our National bird, but was outvoted by Thomas Jefferson & John Adams who later chose the bald eagle.
  10. Red, White & Blue….What do they mean?

    Red-Hardiness & Valor
    White-Purity & innocence
    Blue-Vigilance, perseverance & justice

What are your plans for this 4th of July?  Please share!

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