Ever since I was younger, I have loved the Fourth of July. It is one of the only times in the year where fireworks are blazing and hotdogs are eaten in dozens (and I absolutely LOVE hot dogs!) I am also fascinated by fun facts, so I was particularly excited when I learned all of this about the special day that we celebrate as the birthday of America. How many of these fun facts did you already know? Perhaps your children can impress all your relatives with their new-found facts when you’re all together celebrating this July 4th!
8 Fun Fourth of July facts
The Declaration of Independence was not fully signed until August 2nd.
Massachusetts was the first state to recognize Independence Day. (Good job Massachusetts.)
Other Countries also celebrate July 4th. Including England, Denmark, Portugal, and Sweden.
We eat about 150 million hotdogs on the 4th of July.
Independence day was not recognized as a national holiday until 1870.
3 US Presidents have died on July 4th. (John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe,)
Fireworks have been used to celebrate our independence basically since the beginning.
Americans spend $167.5 million on watermelon each year on July 4th.
How does your family celebrate the Independence Day? Here are 10 creative ways to make it fun– and to give you something to work on all week!
Next week, we will celebrate the 241st birthday of America’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence. For many of our families, that means extra family time in the days ahead, so I wanted to pass along some fun ideas for how your family can make the most of your extra together time!
(Click on any of the headlines to link to blog posts explaining the ideas noted.)
You may want to find some fun audiobooks for July 4th. If your family is traveling around the holiday, audiobooks are a great way to make the time go faster– and to enjoy some good stories along the way! Our family often travels with our Audible audio books in tow.
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