Beaches, barbecues, and fabulous fireworks: it’s time to celebrate and have lots of family fun. While you’re enjoying the holiday, show off your Fourth of July knowledge with these fun facts:
- Although the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress who signed that day. Others continued to sign until August 2.
- The public didn’t hear the Declaration of Independence read until July 8, after it came back from the printer.
- The average age of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45.
- President #2, John Adams, and President #3, Thomas Jefferson, both died on July 4th, 1826.
- France presented the Statue of Liberty to the U.S. on July 4th, 1884.
- The U.S. population (only 13 states) was 2.5 million; today, at 50 states, we reach 316.2 million.
- America imported $223.6 million in fireworks from China while only exporting $15.8 million to all international markets.
- Americans have approximately 74 million cookouts on this holiday.
- They consume approximately 150 million hot dogs on July 4th alone.
- Americans also consume about 750 million pounds of chicken throughout the holiday.
We wish all of you a happy and healthy 4th of July. Enjoy, stay safe, and don’t get out of breath blowing out the 238 candles on America’s birthday cake.
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