Happy Independence Day everyone! This holiday about celebrating America’s freedom is fairly hectic. Tons of people do barbecues on the 4th of July, preparing for the wild fireworks to come late at night. Red, white, and blue parades gather a lot of people, too. All this excitement can take your mind off the heat of the day. Here are some fun facts to also entertain you:
Did you know that the Declaration of Independence was drafted on a “laptop,” a small, lap-sized desk? Another rare fact is that only John Hancock (so far proven) signed the Declaration on July 4th.
Some other facts include:
- The first White House 4th of July party was held in 1801. That’s a long time after we gained independence, I wonder what happened?
- Benjamin Franklin really wanted us to have the turkey as our official bird. I would be inclined to agree with him, even though the bald eagle looks pretty majestic.
- Approximately 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed on this day. Talk about the American Spirit!
- The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal. I like the idea, but I think we have a few too many stars to do that anymore, sadly.
- Thomas Jefferson was a better writer than speaker. He could write almost effortlessly, but even in politics he ended up a bit tongue-tied.
- There are 59 places with “Liberty” in the name in the U.S.A. I feel like that’s overdoing it . . . just a little.
Hope everyone has a safe and fun July 4th holiday!