The US Independence Day (colloquially the Fourth of July or July 4) is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States, on July 4, 1776. Many of us celebrate 4th of July, the most patriotic time of the year with the American flag plastered all over, beer, hot dogs and fireworks. But before you fire up the grill and enjoy the fireworks, let’s check 10 fun facts with Gearment about the US Independence Day that you might not know.
10 fun facts about the US Independence Day
- The Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4, 1776. It wasn’t signed until August 2, 1776.
- President Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4, 1872.
- 3 presidents have died on July 4: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and James Monroe.
- American typically eat 150 million hot dogs on Independence Day – enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than five times
- Eating salmon is a July 4 tradition in parts of New England.
- About 16,000 July 4 fireworks displays happen around the country each year.
- Starting in 1818, new stars and stripes were added to the American flag each July 4 to mark the creation of new states.
- Massachusetts became the first state to make the 4th of July an official state holiday in 1781.
- Wearing American flag apparel actually violates a set of guidelines called the US Flag Code.
- As of 2016, July 4 was the number one holiday for beer sales in the U.S according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association.
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