|Fun & Crazy Tidbits About The Fourth Of July Holidays
If you live in the United States, you know that the Fourth of July is one of our most popular and important holidays. Officially, the Fourth of July is known as Independence Day – a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July 4, 1776.
We thought it would be fun to share some interesting tidbits and factoids about this date in American History…
- John Adams declared that fireworks would become part of each Fourth of July celebration. Before the Declaration of Independence was even signed, he envisioned fireworks as a part of the festivities. In a letter to Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he wrote that the occasion should be commemorated “with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”
- The American Pyrotechnics Association (APA) estimates that more than 14,000 professional firework displays light up the skies in the United States each Fourth of July.
- Approximately 155 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on the Fourth.
- Americans began observing the Fourth of July as early as 1777, when the first-ever major celebration in Philadelphia included a parade and a thirteen-shot cannon salute and fireworks.
- To avoid cracking it, the Liberty Bell has not been rung since 1846. To mark the quintessential day, every Fourth of July it is symbolically tapped 13 times.
- Several countries used the Declaration of Independence as a beacon in their own struggles for freedom. Among them, France. Then later, Greece, Poland, Russia and many countries in South America.
- In 1826, second U.S. President John Adams and third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson both died. Exactly five years later, fifth U.S. President James Monroe died.
- In 1930, George Steinbrenner was born.
- In 1939, Lou Gehrig gave his famous retirement speech at Yankee Stadium after being diagnosed with ALS. He told the crowd that he considered himself "the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
- Since 1972, Nathan’s Hot Dogs has held their annual hot dog eating competition on the Fourth.
- In 2016 Joey “Jaws” Chestnut ate 70 hotdogs and buns in 10 minutes; Miki Sudo placed for the women eating 38 1/2 hotdogs.
|Did You Know…
The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so the 13 Colonies would appear equal.