As everyone clambers back to work today (hopefully exhausted from a fun-filled weekend celebrating our nation’s birthday with friends and family), I thought I’d make a light easy reading post of some interesting facts about the 4th of July. Please enjoy and don’t forget to take a moment to think of all the brave men and woman who have fought for our country throughout its history. We often get bogged down in the disagreements of party lines, or religious views and often forget that we are lucky to live in a country where we have the right to disagree and are forced to work together and comprise. If it wasn’t for these men and women those rights wouldn’t have been protected for as long as they have been.
Now on to the facts…
In 1777 Fireworks as a method to celebrate our Independence Day were approved by Congress. The beer and grilling out would soon follow…
80% of Americans attend a cookout around the holiday.
In 1801 the White House held its first official July 4th Party.
56 people signed the Declaration of Independence.
Ben Franklin was the oldest at 70 years of age.
Every year more than 240 million pounds of fireworks are sold for 4th of July.
Denmark has been celebrating the 4th of July with the USA ever since 1912. It’s called Rebildfesten
150 million hot dogs are eaten during the holiday period.
Two of our founding fathers died on the same 4th of July only hours apart (John Adams & Thomas Jefferson). It was the 50th anniversary of United States.
On July 4th, 1778 George Washington celebrated by giving out double rum rations to his troops.
Is the most popular beer drinking holiday day in the United States (more than 60 million cases are sold each year).
– Learn Up, SlyePup