Fun facts from this article: 4th of July by the Numbers from history.com and 10 Interesting 4th of July Facts from todayifoundout.com
- 150 Million hotdogs are consumed during the celebrations enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than five times
- On this day, 80% will attend a BBQ, picnic or cookout, 76% get together with family, 66% display an American flag, 63% will attend a fireworks display, 32% will attend a fourth of July parade and 26% will set-off their own fireworks.
- The 4th of July Parade in Bristol Rhode Island is the oldest continuous celebration dating back to 1785.
- According to Caesar Cardini's daughter, the Caesar salad was invented on July 4th. Yes! Caesar salad is not related to Julius Caesar from Roman times! hahaha!
- John Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence and penned the largest signature in the document.
- In 1781, Massachusetts became the first state to declare July 4th as a state holiday.
- Independence day celebrations became more popular and widespread after the war of 1812.
- Congress declared July 4 Independence Day as a federal legal holiday in 1941.
- Three U.S. Presidents died on July 4th, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on July 4, 1826 and James Monroe died five years later in 1831.
- John Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President of the USA was born on July 4th 1872.