Fun Facts About the 4th of July

The Fourth of July is nearly upon us! While many Americans assume they know all of the history behind their country’s birthday, some of the most interesting facts about this holiday are relatively unknown.

We’ve put together a fun list for you covering some unknown facts about the Fourth of July. As you get ready to enjoy your barbeque and fireworks, you’ll be able to share some of these interesting tidbits with family and friends.


The Real Independence Day.

America gained its independence on July 2, 1776. So, why do we celebrate the holiday on July 4th instead of July 2nd? Kenneth C. Davis, author of the book, Don’t Know Much About… series, shed some light on this discrepancy. Davis recounts that John Adams wrote home to his wife on July 2, 1776, telling her that America became a country that day after Congress ruled in favor of it, and he expected July 2nd would always be celebrated as the country’s birthday. But two days passed before Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence was accepted on July 4th. Because of this delay on the Declaration, it’s likely July 4th was remembered instead because that’s when people became aware of what was happening.

The Real National Holiday.

Most Americans started celebrating Independence Day as soon as 1777. In fact, the first major Independence Day celebration took place that year in Philadelphia with a parade, cannon salutes, and fireworks. However, Congress didn’t recognize July 4th as an official holiday until almost 100 years later. In 1870, Congress passed a bill to recognize major state holidays at a federal level—including Independence Day.

The Most Popular Food.

Time magazine calls the Fourth of July “the biggest hot dog day of the year.” Time reports that every year on July 4th, Americans consume around 155 million hot dogs. As popular as hot dogs are, most people don’t know where this tradition came from. It’s possible hot dogs originated from the sausages brought over to America by immigrants, but why the food is so popular on July 4th and how it became a tradition remains unknown.

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