July 4th is arguably the biggest holiday in America. It celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Essentially, it is the birthday of the United States of America as an independent nation. The declaration was signed on July 4th in 1776, a reminder of just how young this country really is! But I’m not just here to tell you about history. I’m here to tell you the fun facts as well!
I will start with a few interesting facts about the holiday. Independence Day only became a paid federal holiday in 1938. It had been an official unpaid holiday since 1870 and it was an unofficial holiday for the first 94 years since the famous signing. Only John Hancock actually signed the document on July 4th; the other 56 men from the 13 colonies signed it later. Sorry ladies! The average age of the signers was 45: the youngest was 27 and the oldest was 70. Seven of the signers had been educated at Harvard!
“The only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as President of the United States were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.”Acei Global Blog
The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. The White House didn’t hold their first party until 1801! Back when the declaration was first signed in 1776, the population of the USA was only 2.5 million. President John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth. Adams and Jefferson died on the same day. within hours of each other, in 1826. What a creepy coincidence! Don’t forget to raise a solo cup for them today.
“In 2012, vast majority of imported U.S. flags ($3.6 million) was made in China.”Acei Global Blog
Fun Facts – 150,000,000 Hot Dogs
Now that you know some history, it’s time for the fun facts. Cause you can’t go around showing off that you know how many hot dogs Americans eat on July 4th without knowing more about the holiday. Speaking of which… Americans eat about 150 MILLION hot dogs while celebrating this holiday. Who does the math? Well apparently, there is a National Sausage and Hot Dog Council that takes care of all things wiener related.
“According to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council (NHDSC), Americans are expected to eat 150 million hot dogs over the July 4th holiday. This is part of an estimated 7 billion that are expected to be eaten during the summer season from Memorial Day to Labor Day.”Hocking College
National Sausage and Hot Dog Council (NHDSC) is no joke. It was founded in 1994 and it is an American trade association that promotes the hot dog and sausage industry. I find the fact that something like this exists even more amazing than the amount of hot dogs that Americans consume per year. Despite the idea of the NHDSC being hilarious, they take their job very seriously. Check out their website to see their content. If I was a meat-eater I’d definitely be trying to write articles for them. Oh, by the way, they just taught me that July is national hod dog month!
Wearing the Flag is a Violation
I didn’t know about the U.S. Flag Code until I moved here. After buying a house I was excited to buy a flag and hang it up. Turns out, I have been violating the flag code for over a year! Because the rules are strict and bizarre. Luckily, it’s not actually enforced and I won’t be deported for leaving my flag out in the winter and not keeping it illuminated overnight. But part of the code is that you can’t wear clothes with the flag on it. But hey, I’m still wearing my flag bikini and dress. No, you don’t have to be American to have fun and dress up on July 4th!
‘The U.S. Flag Code states that you are in violation if you sell or display any “article of merchandise . . . upon which shall have been printed, painted, attached, or otherwise placed a representation of [the flag… in order to] advertise, call attention to, decorate, mark, or distinguish the article or substance on which so placed.’ That being said, in this instance, the Flag Code is not enforced or even enforceable, so don’t worry – you won’t get arrested by the Flag Police.Hocking College
American Revolutionary War
In 1778, American troops were fighting in the American Revolutionary War. Part of a soldier’s rations happened to be rum. But on July 4th, George Washington ordered a double ration of rum for American soldiers to celebrate the holiday! While guns and rum don’t seem like the best combination, it was great that the soldiers got to do a little partying.
Ugh, I have to say that fireworks are a pain in my butt because they terrify my dog and I wish people wouldn’t set them off. They wreck total havoc on the environment as well, so I firmly believe that they should be limited to formal firework displays only. It would be even better if they used alternatives like drone swarms. That being said, they are part of the tradition and a major source of income for China, where these fireworks are made.
Fireworks date back as a tradition of Independence Day as early as the first anniversary in 1777. John Adams wrote in a letter to his wife, Abigail, that he wanted Independence Day to be celebrated with pomp, parade, shows, and “Illuminations.”Hocking College
It turns out that men in particular are firework-obsessed. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association (does America have formal associations for everything?), Americans spend more than $1 billion on fireworks every year. There is also an estimated 12,900 firework-related emergency room visits across the country annually. Turns out that 70% of these are experienced by pyromaniacs – I mean men.
July 4th is a fun holiday that dates back hundreds of years! Even if you’re not American or live in America, consider celebrating along with this young country. Have a great day and stay safe out there. But before you go party, don’t forget to follow The Travel Bug Bite for more great content!