10 Fun Facts about July 4th
On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, starting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation.
Today, the 4th of July is traditionally celebrated with parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues. Did you know these 10 fun facts about July 4th?
- Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776
- More than 81 million Americans celebrate July 4th weekend with a BBQ
- An estimated $190.7 million were spent last year on fireworks
- Meanwhile, $3.2 million were spent on U.S. flags
- Every year 50 U.S. flags are flown 24 hours a day at the Washington Monument in Washington DC
- The word ‘patriotism’ comes from the Latin patria, which means ‘homeland’ or ‘fatherland’
- Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, July 4, 1826
- The 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign at the same time, nor did they sign on July 4, 1776. The official event occurred on August 2, 1776
- Thirty places nationwide with “liberty” in their name. Liberty, Missouri (26,232) boasts the highest population of the 30 at 26,232
- In 1941, Congress declared 4th of July a federal legal holiday. It is one of the few federal holidays that have not been moved to the nearest Friday or Monday.
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