Here are some interesting and fun facts you may not know about the 4th of July!

 

  • The first Independence Day was July 8, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was first read after the citizens were summoned by the ringing of the Liberty Bell
  • The Flag was adopted June 14, 1777
  • 50 Flags are flown 24 hrs a day at the Washington Monument
  • Originally the stars were arranged in a circle to denote equality of all colonies
  • Thomas Jefferson died on the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, so did John Adams who is also a signer
  • Only John Hancock actually signed on July 4th, all the others were later
  • The population in 1776 was about 2.5 million, today it is 314 million
  • The 4th of July didn't became a National holiday until 1941
  • Barbecue is big! 74 million Americans are  planning one; we will be eating 150 million hot dogs and buying 700 million pounds of chicken!

 

So get out there and eat some good food and celebrate our independence with good friends and family!  We have so much to celebrate!