10 Totally Weird, Random and Mind-blowing Facts about the 4th of July
Fourth of July is the epitome of fun. What’s not to love about an entire day dedicated to celebrating the Declaration of Independence by gorging our faces with barbecue chicken and enjoying brilliant fireworks? Have even more fun by spouting off some bizarre facts about the holiday to your friends and family!
- Independence Day is technically July 2nd
Yup, it’s true. Congress voted to declare independence for the 13 colonies on July 2, 1776, but the document wasn’t finalized by congress until the Fourth of July. All the more reason to celebrate early, right?
- Americans consume around 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July
Scout’s honor. If you don’t believe me, just Google it.
- Last year 11,400 people were hurt while handling fireworks
In all seriousness though, playing with fireworks can be extremely dangerous. Check out this CPSC fireworks safety infographic.
- The Fourth of July has been a paid holiday for 76 years
The United States Congress made Independence Day a paid holiday for federal employees in 1938.
- Americans will spend about $675 million on fireworks this year
According to the American Pyrotechnics Association this number reflects the steady rise in consumer fireworks revenues since 2006.
- Three presidents have died on the Fourth of July
John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth of July. On an even more bizarre note, Adam’s last words on his deathbed were “Thomas Jefferson still survives.” Turns out, Jefferson had actually passed away the same day, about five hours earlier.
- Act of Treason
After signing the Declaration of Independence, John Hancock remarked that Congress must now “all hang together.” Benjamin Franklin then replied, “Yes, we must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
- The winner of the famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest ate 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes
If you just ate lunch, I recommend not watching this video.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted a turkey – not a bald eagle – to represent our nation.
Fortunately for us, his vote was outweighed by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
10. The national anthem is allegedly from the tune of an old drinking song.
Rumor has it that the melody was based off an 18th century British pub song called “To Anacreon in Heaven.”
Be sure to share your own fun facts in the comments below! We encourage everyone to stay safe this year, Happy Independence Day!