Happy 4th of July! 235 years ago the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence declaring America’s sovereignty. Today it’s customary to celebrate the national holiday with red, white, and blue, fireworks and parades, stars and stripes, flags and BBQs.
But before you go enjoy
• Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national animal but was outvoted when John Adams and Thomas Jefferson chose the bald eagle.
• Over an estimated 155 million hot dogs will be consumed today. That’s roughly one dog for every two people in the US.
• 68.3 million cases of beer are sold on Independence Day.
. Over $211 million has been spent on the importation of fireworks from China.
• Oddly, the majority of the nation’s flags and patriotic paraphernalia in relation to the Fourth of July is produced in China. Nearly $349 million are used each year to import the flags, banners, decorations, and emblems.
• The first Fourth of July party held at the White House was in 1801.
• The words Under God were not added to the Pledge of Allegiance until the year 1954.
• More than 74 million Americans will BBQ today.
• The Fourth of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.
• The national anthem is actually set to the tune of an old English drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven
• The stars on the original American flag were arranged in a circle to ensure that all colonies were equal.
Hope everyone has a fabulous day! Remember that fireworks are a fire hazard and scare animals, so be careful! Also, please don’t drink and drive!