Happy Fourth of July! Here are ten interesting facts about July 4th to break out at your celebratory cookout.
10 facts about the Fourth of July
- The Declaration of Independence wasn’t signed on Independence Day.
- Congress officially named Independence Day an unpaid holiday in 1870. It was changed to a paid federal holiday in 1941.
- Americans will spend an estimated $900 million on fireworks this Fourth.
- Americans eat approximately 150 million hotdogs – or 818 hotdogs per second – over the course of the holiday.
- On the Fourth, Americans spend $1 billion on beer and another $568 million on wine.
- Thomas Jefferson was the first president to celebrate the 4th of July at the White House in 1801.
- Every 4th, the Liberty Bell is tapped – it’s been deemed “unsuitable for ringing” – 13 times for the original 13 colonies.
- Three presidents (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe) died on Independence Day.
- One president (Calvin Coolidge) was born on Independence Day.
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