Land of the free, home of the brave. The United States of America!
Fourth of July is a holiday we all look forward to every year and it’s right around the corner! You probably have a July 4th tradition you do with family and friends. It is filled with beach trips, outdoors, summer fun, way too much food, kids swimming and firework displays. Next to all of that, however, is history! As we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, here are some fun facts and pieces of trivia:
- Around 150 million hot dogs are consumed on Fourth of July. It is estimated that $6.78 billion will be spent on food this year reported by the National Retail Federation (NRF).
- When the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, 2.5 million new people lived in the U.S. Now 243 years later, 327.2 million people live in the U.S. per google 2018.
- Americans spend $1 billion on fireworks annually. Alabama imports roughly $19,400,000 according to CNBC.
- More than 14,000 firework displays are put on across the country on July Fourth with Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Display being the largest in the United States.
- In 1804, the White House hosted its first Fourth of July celebration.
- August 2, 1776 is when most of signers formally signed the Declaration.
- It wasn’t until 1938, The Fourth of July was actually declared a federal holiday.
- Dating back to 1785, Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the world’s oldest Independence Day celebration.
- The only member of the Continental Congress to formally sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 was John Hancock.
- The Yankee Doodle song was originally written by British army officers in attempt to make fun of backwoods Americans.
- John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe were all United States Presidents who died on the Fourth of July.
- July 4th is also celebrated in the Philippines. The country was recognized as an independent nation in 1946.
- In “Treasure Hunt 2”, Nicholas Cage predicted there was a treasure map but the actual message “Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776″ is written upside down on the back of the Declaration of Independence.
- Massachusetts was the first state to declare Independence Day a holiday in 1781.
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However, you and your loved ones may be celebrating July 4th this year, Cherry Creek Village would like to wish you all a Safe and Happy Independence Day!
Assistant Executive Director