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We at NAWRB would like to wish our community a safe and happy Fourth of July. We hope you spend the holiday eating, dancing, and enjoying the fireworks with your loved ones.
As a way of celebrating our Independence Day, we have compiled a list of interesting Fourth of July facts for you to enjoy on this historic day of celebration.
- The founding fathers actually declared independence on July 2, not July 4 when Congress accepted the declaration.
- Benjamin Franklin was unhappy that the bald eagle had been chosen as our country’s symbol, and advocated for the turkey instead.
- Americans will consume approximately 150 million hot dogs this holiday weekend.
- Three of the first five presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.
- Independence Day wasn’t made a paid federal holiday until 1938.
- This United States imported about $274 million worth of fireworks from China in 2014.
- The Philippines and Rwanda also celebrate their independence days on July 4.
- Two of our most famous symbols of freedom, the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty, were made in England and France, respectively.
- The youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, Edward Rutledge, was 26 at the time.
- Americans will spend a combined $6.7 billion on food for this year’s celebration.
Whether you find yourself on the beach, at a cookout, or relaxing indoors with a good book we hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July surrounded by delicious food, good cheer, and the people you love.