July 4th – a day we know well – celebrating our country’s independence since 1776. We line the streets proudly with American Flags, celebrate at BBQs and light the evening sky with colorful fireworks.
We thought it would be fun to share a few fun and interesting facts about this historic day!
- According to author Kenneth C. Davis, July 2nd is the real day of Independence, but it's celebrated on the fourth because that's when congress accepted Jefferson's declaration
- The White House held its first Fourth of July party in 1801
- John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826
- Although Fourth of July has been celebrated for many years, it was not declared a federal holiday until 1870
- Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird, but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who recommended the bald eagle
- Every Fourth of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.
- Almost 65% of Americans plan to have a BBQ or picnic on July 4th
- 150M hot dogs are consumed on July 4th
- 190M pounds of beef are bought in preparation to celebrate
- 43% of Americans watch fireworks on July 4th
- There has been 27 official U.S. Flags throughout history
We hope everyone has a safe and Happy Fourth of July!