Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It’s a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag.
Fun Facts about the 4th of July
- The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776.
- Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature was not added until 5 years later.
- On the same day the declaration of Independence was adopted a committee was named to design an emblem, or seal, for the United States.
- The first “official” state celebration of the Fourth of July occurred in Massachusetts in 1781.
- In July 1776, it is the estimated that 2.5 million people lived in the newly independent nation. (Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970.) The current U.S. population is about 311.7 million. (US Census Bureau)
- Fireworks have always been a big part of Fourth of July celebrations. They originated in China in the second century B.C. In 2010, the U.S. imported $190.7 million in fireworks from China.
- 155 million hot dogs are expected to be consumed by Americans on the Fourth. There is about a 4-in-4 chance that the hot dogs made of pork originated in Iowa as Iowa had a total of 19 million hogs and pigs on March 1, 2011.
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