10 Interesting Facts about the Fourth of July

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

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