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Fourth of July Facts, American food for thought

How much do we, yes we the American people, really know about our country’s birthday? We load up the picnic baskets and coolers and head for the beach year after year for the festivities associated with the holiday weekend, but do we really know enough about Independence Day itself? If you answered “no” or “probably not,” now is your chance.

To honor 4th of July celebrations both past and present, we have created two categories of Independence Day factoids for your very own fast track lesson on American Independence Day. Let’s see how many of these 4th of July facts you already knew, if any!

Historical Fourth of July Facts

  1. The only two men to sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776 were John Hancock and Charles Thomson.

  1. Three of our nation’s former leaders and Presidents, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe all passed away on July 4th.

  1. Thomas Jefferson’s original copy of the Declaration of Independence was misplaced!

  1. Of the 200 original copies of the Declaration of Independence that were printed, in Dunlap Broadside format, only 27 of those copies are currently accounted for.

  1. Fourth of July was not officially declared an annual holiday until 1870. That’s almost 100 years after the first Independence Day celebration.

  1. The Declaration of Independence has been used as a reference by other countries when negotiating their own freedom rights.

  1. During the year America gained its’ independence, 1776, approximately 2.5 million citizens made up the United States population. For perspective, as of 2014 approximately 318.9 million people made up the United States population.

  1. The first Independence Day celebration to be thrown at the White House took place in 1801.

  1. John Adams originally thought that Independence Day would take place on July 2nd 1776.

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Present Day Fourth of July Facts

  1. America’s modern day flag, a necessity when it comes to 4th of July accessories, was designed first by a high school student from Ohio. After receiving a less than anticipated grade for his efforts, which added in two extra stars (accounting for all 50 states), the boy sent his design to President Dwight D. Eisenhower himself. Eisenhower had the previous design updated to match the boy’s idea in 1960.

  1. As of 2015, approximately 41.9 million people were expected to travel at least 50 miles over 4th of July Weekend. (U.S. News)

  1. Most of the supplies used in American firework demonstrations actually stems from China.

  1. In addition to fireworks, a majority of our nation’s flags are also manufactured outside of the country. America now accounts for about $3.6 million dollars worth of American Flag imports.

  1. According to History.com, the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show, which is hosted in New York City, is the largest 4th of July show in the country.

  1. Let’s top it off with some final statistics associated with Fourth of July, according to History.com:

Over the course of 4th of July weekend:

  • 63% of Americans attend a firework show.
  • 80% of Americans attend a barbecue or picnic.
  • 66% of Americans display their own American flag.
  • 76% of Americans gather with family.

Feeling patriotic yet?

When all is said and done, and 150 million hotdogs have been consumed by Americans (another shocking one of the list fourth of July facts), the land of the free and home of the brave certainly earns its annual birthday celebration. We the people can say with pride that we never fail to go all out for the occasion. Let’s just say we can expect to see these traditions in place and growing larger for many years to come. Happy Birthday America.


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