July 4th is Packed with Facts

When the 56 members of the Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence, they knew great days were ahead. In the nearly 240 years since, America has become what many people think is the greatest  nation in the world. Celebrate the risk-takers and history-makers that help forge our great land.

Here are some fun facts and conversations starters about the Fourth of July:

  • Independence Day was not recognized as a National Holiday until 1941.
  • Massachusetts was the first to declare it a State Holiday in 1871.
  • States have celebrated the Fourth of July since 1777.
  • Our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4, 1872.
    • Other famous July 4th birthdays:
      George Steinbrenner
      Malia Obama
      Geraldo Rivera
      Abigail Van Buren
      Al Davis
      Neil Simon
      Gina Lollobrigida
      Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 3 Presidents have died on July 4th. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died in 1826.
    James Monroe died in 1831.
  • Some 150 million hot dogs were eaten last July 4th.
  • Of those 150 million, Joey Chestnut devoured 61 to be crowned champion of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in New York.
  • ¼ of all hot dogs come from Iowa.
  • 80% of American will attend some sort of picnic, cookout or barbecue.
  • 66% of Americans display the American flag.
  • 63% will attend a fireworks display.
  • There are 14,000 organized July fireworks displays throughout the United States.
  • The largest display is Macy’s in New York which will launch 40,000 shells into the night skies.
  • ¼ of Americans will have their own fireworks displays. (Be careful, it’s illegal in 4 states!)
  • Approximately 68 million cases of beer will be sold.
  • Americans will spend nearly $7 Billion on the July 4th That’s nearly 3 times as the $2.6 Billion (adjusted to today’s dollars) spent to win the Revolutionary War.
  • It’s our nation’s 239th birthday! Party like it’s 1776.

PJ Butland